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Ironfists

Ironfists
People
Daniel Falconer - Ironfist dwarf.jpg
"Ironfiest dwarf" by Daniel Falconer
General Information
LocationsRhûn[1]
AffiliationStiffbeards
LanguagesKhuzdul
Physical Description
Lifespanc. 250 years[2]
GalleryImages of Ironfists

The Ironfists were one of the seven houses of the Dwarves that dwelt in Rhûn. They were originally paired with the Stiffbeards.[3]

The locations of the four Dwarven clans, including the Ironfists, who lived in the East are unknown. The distance between their mansions in the East and the Misty Mountains, specifically Gundabad, was said to be as great or greater than that of Gundabad's distance from the Blue Mountains in the West.[4]

It is possible that the Ironfists were among the "Houses of other Fathers" who sent troops to help Durin's Folk in the War of the Dwarves and Orcs.[5]

Late in the Third Age, when war and terror grew in the East itself, considerable numbers of Ironfists and dwarves of the Eastern clans left their ancient homelands. They sought refuge in Middle-earth's western lands, where some of them may have met Frodo Baggins.[6]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

The unnamed Dwarven tribes were given invented names in an early supplement.[7] While these were published before the publication of Tolkien's late note on the name of the Dwarven houses of the East, it has been suggested that the Ironfists could correspond to Thelór's tribe (as portrayed in MERP).[8]

2002-5: The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game:

The House corresponding to the Ironfists is called Sindri's Folk, said to inhabit a mountain chain of central Middle-earth.[9]

2018: The Lord of the Rings Online:

The House corresponding to the Ironfists is called the Zhélruka. Their "outer" names are based on old Slavonic. A proud culture with a distrust of outsiders, the Zhélruka had a long history with the Longbeards that varied between alliance and enmity. A widespread legend among the Zhélruka was the existence of their lost city in the Grey Mountains that rivaled Khazad-dûm: "Thafar-gathol, the Grey Citadel".
Their kings wielded the Ring "Tínya" until it was devoured by the Cold-dragon "Hrímil Frost-heart". When Thráin II called the dwarves to war, "King Vélat" led the Zhélruka from their home in "Ered Cernin". Shortly after Sauron's downfall, "Prince Ingór", brother of "King Ótek VII", led an expedition into the Grey Mountains and formed an uneasy partnership with the Longbeard expedition he encountered there.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Of Dwarves and Men", pp. 301, 322 (note 24)
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "IX. The Making of Appendix A": (iv) "Durin's Folk"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Of Dwarves and Men", pp. 301, 322 (note 24)
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Of Dwarves and Men", p. 301
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Shadow of the Past"
  7. R. Mark Colburn, Peter C. Fenlon, John D. Ruemmler, Terry K. Amthor, Jessica M. Ney (1989), Lords of Middle-earth Vol III: Hobbits, Dwarves, Ents, Orcs & Trolls (#8004)
  8. Thomas Morwinsky, "A Brief History of the Dwarven Mansions", in Other Minds issue 4 (July 2008)
  9. Mike Mearls, Chris Seeman (2003), Moria
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