The Dwarven Line of Durin, Explained: 'The Rings of Power'

The Dwarven Line of Durin, Explained: 'The Rings of Power' ...

The following sentences contain spoilers for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

The exploration of the kingdom of Khazad-dum, in the first episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, was an eye-catching sight. The darkness of Moria seen in The Fellowship of the Ring was powerful and used to great effect, but the kingdom of the Dwarves in the Second Age is shown to be a far cry from the terrifying darkness the Fellowship passed through in the Third. The kingdom is full of light and sound as Dwarves busy themselves around the tasks of mining,

Durin IV (Owain Arthur), who is named after Tolkien, is also a key character in the film. What makes him different from the other Dwarven kings?

When Were the Dwarves First Created?

The answer to these questions goes back to the creation of the Dwarves themselves. They first came into being through the work of the Vala Aule, who created the Seven Fathers of the Dwarves in the early days of Middle-earth, even before the first Elves had awakened in the world. Once they were awakened, however, they were sent across the world, where they eventually discovered each of the Seven Houses of the Dwarves. Durin I, however, became the father

Durin I awoke at Mount Gundabad in the north of Middle-earth and traveled south until he discovered the pool of Mirrormere, where he saw a crown of stars appear above his head, reflected in the water. He took this as a good sign and established the kingdom of Khazad-dum in the same place. His people remained, preserving the magnificent kingdom for tens of thousands of years.

What this implies is that the kingdom of Khazad-dum might be the longest-lasting kingdom in all of Middle-earth. Morgoths fortresses were destroyed, as were the great Elven kingdoms of Menegroth, Gondolin, and Nargothrond, among others, all in just the First Age. But Khazad-dum was founded in the First Age like the oldest of the Elven kingdoms, and unlike the others lasted until the end of the Third Age.

Durin would be resurrected once more, but this time seven times, according to the Dwarves' customs. In Tolkien's last works on Middle-earth, Tolkien stated that Durin's body would be preserved intact in its tomb, and that his soul would return to his once-dead body to make it rise again.

The History of the Line of Durin

The long history of Khazad-dum means that there are still a number of possibilities and easter eggs to be explored in the series: will the audience ever see Mirrormere, where Durin once stood? It is a place sacred to the Dwarves, and will hopefully be shown on screen. The burial of Durin I?

The major possible issue has to do with having two Durins exist at the same time. Durin III is the king, while Durin IV is the heir-apparent, but this poses an issue with either version of the resurrection/reincarnation story: how can Durin, whether reborn or resurrected, exist in two different descendants at the same time? The series may tackle this issue eventually.

The Durin line will be the focus of the Second Age storyline, as the connection between Celebrimbors Elves of Eregion and the Dwarves craftsmen will be essential to Celebrimbors' greatest (and most dangerous) achievement. The Dwarves' reactions to these events will be crucial to the future of the Middle-Earth kingdoms.

Durin IV is part of a long and distinguished family line dating back to the First Age, is descended from (or perhaps is himself) the greatest of all the Dwarves' fathers, and is set to be the central figure in an enclave in Middle-earth's oldest kingdom. He is also entwined with the great craft of Celebrimbor, which will shape the series' drama.

New episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power are available every Friday on Prime Video.