The Iron Hills were a range of mountains located in the north of Middle-earth, and was the realm of the Dwarves of Durin's Folk.



The Iron Hills were located in the northern and eastern parts of Middle-earth. The mountain range is in between Rhovanion and Rhûn. The hills are east of the Lonely Mountain.

The LandEdit

The Iron Hills were rich in many minerals and got their name from the iron that was commonly found in the area. The Iron Hills used to be part of very large mountains called the Iron Mountains. Within these Hills was the River Redwater, which joins to the River Running.


The Dwarves in Iron Hills were the clan of Longbeards or Durin's Folk and so were the noblest Dwarves. They had friendly relations with the Dwarves of the Lonely Mountains because Grór and Thrór's kinship was of similar in like and mind. The three kingdoms were very linked and relied upon each other for trade and support and of course the royal family of the Dwarves were related. An example is the close friendship between Thorin and his cousin Dain Ironfoot.[1]


The Iron Hills were probably used by the Dwarves of Durin's Folk for many years, and the Old forest road was probably used as a trade route and as a means for the Dwarves of the east and west to communicate with one another. The realm of the Iron Hills was formerly founded by Grór son of Dáin I in TA 2590 after the Dwarves were driven out of the Grey Mountains, because of the continuing attacks by the Cold-drakes for the vast wealth of the mountains which became the death of the King Dain I.


The Location of the Iron Hills in Middle-earth

In TA 2941, the Dwarf lord Dáin II Ironfoot of the Iron Hills led an army of five hundred warriors to the defense of Thorin Oakenshield which then joined in the Battle of the Five Armies and fought valiantly there. After Thorin's death after the battle, the vacant throne of the Lonely Mountain passed to Thorin's cousin and friend Dain who then became its King and the Iron Hills passed out of records afterwards but they may not have been deserted, and it was possible that his son still ruled over it in a similar way that the Prince of Wales is the Crown Prince of the British throne and acts as Regent when the King or Queen is indisposed.[2][3]

Military Forces of the Iron Hills Edit

The dwarves of the Iron Hills maintained a standing army of over 8,000 -- a force capable of meeting the armies of Sauron on equal footing. The military forces of the Iron Hills possess lots of knowledge of the battlefield due to the amount of leadership they have in the Iron Hills. It is stated that they have some of the best Dwarven leaders residing in their army. Most notable would be Dain Ironfoot, Lord of the Iron Hills who gained military fame for defeating a powerful enemy at a very young age. The forces of the Iron Hills have powerful machinery such as their powerful arrow breaking spears which they shoot up to destroy enemy arrow fire and collapse the enemy and war chariot used cripple the enemy's army. They do have mounted forces as well who ride on powerful armored goats who use their horns to give the enemy a fatal blow on first impact. Overall, The forces of the Iron Hills are among the strongest in the dwarf kingdoms.
Iron Hills Soldier

A Dwarf Warrior from the Iron Hills

Notable Dwarves of the Iron HillsEdit


  • As he was mentioned above, Grór was the son of the mighty Dwarf, Dáin I and was also the founder and first ruler of the Iron Hills.


Dáin II

Thorin III Stonehelm

  • Thorin III was the son of Dáin II, after his father's death and soon became the Lord of both the people of the Lonely Mountain and possibly the Iron Hills. He was praised for helping to reconstruct the Lonely Mountain and Dale. During his rule a new Dwarven settlement was founded at Helm's Deep.

See alsoEdit

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Yster Heuwels
Albanian Kodrat Hekuri
Amharic የብረት ሂልስ
Arabic تلال الحديد
Armenian Երկաթե բլուրներ
Azerbaijani Dəmir Təpə ?
Basque Burdina Muinoak
Belarusian Cyrillic Жалезныя Узгоркі
Bengali আয়রন পাহাড়
Bosnian Željezna Brda
Bulgarian Железните Хълмове
Cambodian ភ្នំដែក
Catalan Turons de ferro
Cebuano Puthaw nga mga Bungtod
Chinese (Hong Kong) 鐵丘陵
Corsican Culline di Ferro
Croatian Željezna Brda
Danish Jernbjergene
Dari تپه های آهنی
Dutch IJzerheuvels
Esperanto Fero Montetoj
Estonian Raudmäed
Filipino Bakal Burol
Finnish Rautavuoret ?
French Collines de Fer
Frisian Izeren Heuvels
Galician Montes de Ferro
Georgian რკინის გორები
German Eisenberge
Greek Σιδήρου λόφους
Hebrew גזעות הברזל
Hindi लौह हिल्स
Hmong Hlau Toj
Hungarian Vasdombok
Icelandic Járn Hæðir
Igbo Ígwè ugwu nta
Indonesian Bukit Besi
Irish Gaelic Cnoic Iarann
Italian Colli Ferrosi
Japanese 鉄の丘
Javanese Bukit Wesi
Kannada ಕಬ್ಬಿಣದ ಬೆಟ್ಟಗಳ
Kazakh Cyrillic Ірон Һіллс
Korean 철 언덕
Kurdish گردى ئاسن (Arabic script) Çiyan Hesin (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic темир адырлар
Latin Ferrum Collibus
Lao ໃນເຂດເນີນພູທາດເຫຼັກ
Latvian Dzelzs Pauguri
Lithuanian Geležies Kalvų
Luxembourgish Eisen Hiwwele
Macedonian Cyrillic Ирон Хиллс
Malagasy Vy Havoana
Malay Bukit Besi
Maltese Għoljiet tal-ħadid
Maori Maunga Rino
Marathi लोह टेकड्या
Mongolian Cyrillic төмөр толгод
Navajo Yílkʼid Béésh ?
Norwegian Jernhøene
Occitan Fèrre Montanha
Pashto ناوتو كوي غونډيو
Persian تپه آهن
Polish Żelazne Wzgórza
Portuguese (Brazil) Colinas de Ferro
Portuguese (Portugal) Montes de Ferro
Punjabi ਆਇਰਨ ਹਿਲ੍ਸ
Romanian Dealurile de Fier
Romansh Crest Fier
Russian Железные Холмы
Samoan Uʻamea Mauga
Serbian Гвоздена брда (Cyrillic) Gvozdena brda (Latin)
Sesotho Tšepe maralla a
Scottish Gaelic Iarann Cnuic
Slovak Železné vrchy
Slovenian Železo Bričih
Spanish (Spain and Latin America) Colinas de Hierro
Swedish Järnbergen
Tajik Cyrillic теппаҳо дарзмол
Tibetan ལྕགས། རི
Telugu ఇనుము కొండలు
Turkish Demir Tepeler
Turkmen Alañ Ütük ?
Ukrainian Cyrillic Ірон Гіллс
Urdu آئرن پہاڑیوں
Uyghur ىرون ھىللس
Uzbek Ирон Ҳиллс (Cyrillic) Temir Tepaliklar (Latin)
Vietnamese đồi sắt
Welsh Haearn Bryniau
Xhosa Iinduli Intsimbi
Yiddish פּרעסן היללס
Yucatec Maya Colinas Hierro

Mountain Ranges of Arda

Ash Mountains | Echoriath | Ephel Dúath | Ered Gorgoroth | Blue Mountains | Ered Lómin | Grey Mountains | Ered Wethrin | Iron Hills | Iron Mountains | Misty Mountains | Mountains of Angmar | Mountains of Mirkwood | Mountains of Mithrim | Orocarni | Pelóri | Wall of the Sun | White Mountains | Yellow Mountains

Dwarven Realms of Middle-earth throughout the Ages
Years of the Trees & First Age Bar-en-Nibin-Noeg | Belegost | Khazad-dûm | Mount Gundabad | Nogrod | Nulukkizdîn | Orocarni
Second Age Khazad-dûm | Mount Gundabad
Third Age Grey Mountains | Iron Hills | Khazad-dûm | Lonely Mountain | Northern Blue Mountains
Fourth Age Glittering Caves | Khazad-dûm | Lonely Mountain


  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, Regional Maps, "Eriador"
  2. The Hobbit, Chapter XV: "The Gathering of the Clouds"
  3. The Hobbit, Chapter XVII: "The Clouds Burst"

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