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Like all Durins after [[Durin|Durin I]] he was given the name of the first [[Seven Fathers of the Dwarves|Father of the Dwarves]] because he greatly resembled him in both appearance and manner. Indeed it was believed among the Dwarves that he was the reincarnation of Durin I, though whether this is possible is unclear.<ref name="AppDurin"/>
 
Like all Durins after [[Durin|Durin I]] he was given the name of the first [[Seven Fathers of the Dwarves|Father of the Dwarves]] because he greatly resembled him in both appearance and manner. Indeed it was believed among the Dwarves that he was the reincarnation of Durin I, though whether this is possible is unclear.<ref name="AppDurin"/>
  
Little is recorded about his reign, although there are indications that the [[Dwarves of Khazad-dûm]] were in a confederation with [[Men]] of the [[Vales of Anduin]], where the Men provided food in return for Dwarven weapons and precious items. This cooperation continued until the reign of [[Durin IV]].<ref name="Dwarves">{{PM|Dwarves}}</ref>
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Little is recorded about his reign, although there are indications that the [[Dwarves of Khazad-dûm]] were in a confederation with [[Men of the Vales of Anduin]], where the Men provided food in return for Dwarven weapons and precious items. This cooperation continued until the reign of [[Durin IV]].<ref name="Dwarves">{{PM|Dwarves}}</ref>
  
[[Robert Foster]], author of ''[[The Complete Guide to Middle-earth]]'', has suggested that this is the Durin named on the [[Doors of Durin]] of Moria, built around {{SA|750}}.<ref>[[Robert Foster]] (1971), ''[[The Complete Guide to Middle-earth]]'',  entry ''DURIN II''</ref>
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[[Robert Foster]] suggests that this is the Durin named on the [[Doors of Durin]] of Moria, built around {{SA|750}}.<ref>[[Robert Foster]] (1971), ''[[The Complete Guide to Middle-earth]]'',  Unwin Paperbacks edition (1978)</ref>
  
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
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{{familytree| DU1 | |DU1=[[Durin|Durin I]]</br><small>''fl. {{YT}}''</small>}}
 
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{{familytree| DU2 | |DU2='''DURIN II'''</br><small>''fl. late {{FA}}/early {{SA}}''</small>}}
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{{familytree| DU2 | |DU2=[[Durin II]]</br><small>''fl. {{SA|750}}''</small>}}
 
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{{familytree| DU3 | |DU3=[[Durin III]]</br><small>''fl. {{SA|1600}}''</small>}}
 
{{familytree| DU3 | |DU3=[[Durin III]]</br><small>''fl. {{SA|1600}}''</small>}}
 
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{{familytree| DU4 | |DU4=[[Durin IV]]</br><small>''fl. late {{SA}}/early {{TA}}''</small>}}
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{{familytree| DU4 | |DU4=[[Durin IV]]}}
 
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{{familytree| DU5 | |DU5=[[Durin V]]</br><small>''fl. late {{SA}}/early {{TA}}''</small>}}
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{{familytree| DU5 | |DU5=[[Durin V]]}}
 
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{{familytree| DUR | |DUR=[[Durin VI]]<br/><small>''{{TA|1731}} - {{TA|1980|n}}''†</small>}}
 
{{familytree| DUR | |DUR=[[Durin VI]]<br/><small>''{{TA|1731}} - {{TA|1980|n}}''†</small>}}

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