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Probably 'daa'in'1
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'Dead'2
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Dáin II Ironfoot

Heir to Thorin Oakenshield

Kings of Durin's Folk

A descendant of Grór, the youngest son of Dáin I, and lord of the Dwarves of the Iron Hills. After the death of his cousin Thorin II Oakenshield in the Battle of Five Armies, Dáin inherited the titles King under the Mountain and King of Durin's Folk.


Notes

1

Tolkien doesn't give more than brief notes on the pronunciation of Dwarf names, but given that Dáin is an Old Norse name, the pronunciation 'daa'in' (where 'aa' represents a long 'a' sound, as in 'father') is most likely to be correct.

2

Dáin's name comes from Old Norse folklore, in which Dáinn was the name of a deity, who was also a Dwarf or an Elf, depending on the source and whose name meant 'dead'. Very little is known about this original Dáinn, though stories survive of a cursed sword named Dáinslief ('Dáinn's legacy') that was supposedly made by the Dwarves.

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