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Durin II

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Durin II
Biographical Information
PositionKing of Durin's Folk
King of Khazad-dûm
Birthlate F.A./early S.A.
Deathlate F.A./early S.A.
HouseHouse of Durin
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Durin II

Durin II (lived sometime during First Age or early Second Age[note 1][1]) was a King of Durin's folk and Lord of the great Dwarven city of Khazad-dûm.



Like all Durins after Durin I he was given the name of the first 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.[1]

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.[2]

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 S.A. 750.[3]


Durinn is one of the Dwarfs in the Dvergatal. The name means "Sleepy".[4]


Durin I
fl. Y.T.
fl. late F.A./early S.A.
Durin III
fl. S.A. 1600
Durin IV
fl. late S.A./early T.A.
Durin V
fl. late S.A./early T.A.
Durin VI
T.A. 1731 - 1980

Durin II
House of Durin
Last known:
Durin I (First Age)
King of Durin's FolkUnknown
Next known:
Durin III (mid-Second Age)
King of Khazad-dûm


  1. Durin the Deathless is described as having died before the end of the First Age, whilst Durin III received one of the Seven Rings.


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Of Dwarves and Men"
  3. Robert Foster (1971), The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, entry DURIN II
  4. Chester Nathan Gould, "Dwarf-Names: A Study in Old Icelandic Religion", published in Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, Vol 44 (1929), issue #4, pp. 939-967
Kings of Durin's Folk
Durin I* (Y.T.) · Durin II* · Durin III* (fl. S.A. 1600) · Durin IV* · Durin V* · Durin VI* (until T.A. 1980) · Náin I* (1980 - 1981) · Thráin I (1981 - 2190) · Thorin I (2190 - 2289) · Glóin (2289 - 2385) · Óin (2385 - 2488) · Náin II (2488 - 2585) · Dáin I (2585 - 2589) · Thrór (2585 - 2790) · Thráin II (2790 - 2850) · Thorin II Oakenshield (2850 - 2941) · Dáin II Ironfoot (2941 - 3019) · Thorin III Stonehelm (T.A. 3019 - Fourth Age) · Durin VII (Fourth Age)*
* Kings of Khazad-dûm · Kings under the Mountain