A dwarf of Durin’s Folk, b. TA 2767, d. TA 3019. son Náin of the Iron Hills. 3rd cousin and successor of Thorin Oakenshield.

Dáin first appeared in The Hobbit, where he and his forces played a vital role in the Battle of Five Armies. When Thorin and Company were besieged in the Lonely Mountain by Bard and the Elvenking a message came to Dáin who set out from the Iron Hills with 500 heavily armed dwarves and supplies to withstand the siege.

When Gandalf announced the arrival of Bolg and his goblins (orcs) Dáin abandoned his plan to attack the Men and Elves, and formed an alliance with them and Thorin to fight the Battle of Five Armies.

Thorin and his nephews Fili and Kili were slain in that battle and Dain being the nearest kin became King under the Mountain. He was a wise and generous ruler and attracted other dwarves to his realm. He gave the Emeralds of Girion to Bard along with a 14th share of Smaug’s hoard to aid the people of Esgaroth and restore the town of Dale.

Dáin was named Ironfoot. He and his warriors wore iron caps and shoes and protective stockings of fine mesh mail. Their beards were forked and plaited and they carried broad-swords and shields and great two-handed mattocks.

Dáin had fought in the Battle of Azanulbizar in TA 2799, although at 32 he was still rather young for a dwarf. There he slew Azog, father of Bolg with a great axe. Dáin’s father Náin was slain in that battle and Dáin became leader of their people.,

In the invasion of Dale and Erebor by Sauron's Easterlings during the War of the Ring in TA 3019, Dáin was killed standing over the body of his ally Brand wielding his axe until, in turn, he fell. He was 252 years old.
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