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.
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.
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.
Military Forces of the Iron Hills EditThe 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.
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.
- Náin was the son of Grór who was the founder of the Iron Hills. Náin was killed during the Battle of Azanulbizar by the Orc lord Azog of Moria.
- Dáin II was son of Náin and became the lord of the Iron Hills after the death of his great father. He was considered a mighty Dwarf because he killed the Orc Azog when he was at an age which was considered young to the Dwarves. He became the King under the Mountain after the slaying of Smaug and loss of Thorin II Oakenshield in the Battle of the Five Armies until his death during the War of the Ring.
- 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.
The Iron Hills has its own biome in The Lord of the Rings Mod: Bringing Middle-earth to Minecraft, in which the player can trade with and hire dwarves within the area.
Translations around the WorldEdit
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Azerbaijani||Dəmir Təpə ?|
|Catalan||Turons de ferro|
|Chinese (Hong Kong)||鐵丘陵|
|Dari||تپه های آهنی|
|French||Collines de Fer|
|Irish Gaelic||Cnoic Iarann|
|Pashto||ناوتو كوي غونډيو|
|Portuguese (Brazil)||Colinas de Ferro|
|Portuguese (Portugal)||Montes de Ferro|
|Romanian||Dealurile de fier|
|Serbian||Ирон Хиллс (Cyrillic) Gvozdene Planine (Latinised)|
|Sesotho||Tšepe maralla a|
|Slovak||Železo Kopca ?|
|Spanish (Spain and Latin America)||Colinas de Hierro|
|Uzbek||Ирон Ҳиллс (Cyrillic) Temir Tepaliklar (Latinised)|
|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|