The Rings of Power: Why So Many Dwarves Are Called Durin

Amazon’s The Rings of Power features the kingdom of Khazad-dûm, but why are so many of its Dwarves called Durin? The first looks at The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power showcases a stunning variety of new locales, characters, and events across Middle Earth’s Second Age, taking place over 3,000 years before the start of The Fellowship of the Ring. A good chunk of The Lord of the Rings‘ Second Age narrative focuses on Khazad-dûm, which is home to a line of Dwarves known as Durin’s Folk.

Two of The Rings of Power‘s central characters are set to be Durin IV (Owain Arthur), the prince of the city of Khazad-dûm, and his sister Disa (Sophia Nomvete). Their father is Durin III, the ruler of Khazad-dûm, and one of the original holders of the Dwarven Rings of Power. These Dwarves of Khazad-dûm, or Moria as it is later known, contribute heavily to several key conflicts across J.R.R. Tolkien’s Second Age that The Rings of Power is likely to portray, including the fall of the Dark Lord Sauron at the end of the Second Age.

In short, so many of the Dwarves in Khazad-dûm/Moria are called Durin due to their lineage, with all of the Moria Dwarves originating from Durin I in Middle Earth’s First Age. This led to each of the first five rulers of Moria being named Durin sequentially in homage to one of the originating members of their race, with Durin I also known as “Durin the Deathless” due to the strength of his bloodline. This, in turn, led all of the Khazad-dûm Dwarves to be known as Durin’s Folk, as they are quite literally a gathering of all Durin I’s ancestors.

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As told by Tolkien in The Silmarillion, Durin’s Folk settled Khazad-dûm in the Years of the Trees, prospering there throughout the First Age. After the end of the War of Wrath and the ruin of Nogrod and Belegost, many of these two cities’ Dwarves migrated to Khazad-dûm, swelling its population and intermingling with Durin’s Folk, with the term subsequently used to refer to all Dwarves that lived in LOTR‘s Moria.

Furthermore, Durin I founded the line of Dwarves called Durin’s Folk, coining the nickname Durin the Deathless due to his long and illustrious lifespan. After his death late in the First Age, it was also believed by the Dwarves of Khazad-dûm that Durin would be reincarnated among his descendants a total of six times, thus birthing the subsequent five lines of Durin that ruled in Khazad-dûm until the end of the Fourth Age. As a result, this Dwarven history and lineage tracing directly influence why lots of Dwarves are named Durin in The Rings of Power. Although only Durin III and Durin IV directly influence the series’ Second Age narrative, they are shown as two links in a long chain of Durin’s Folk stretching back to the Dwarves’ creation at the hands of the Valar, explaining why Durin is such a prevalent Dwarven name in The Rings of Power.

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