Kings of Khazad-dûm
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While sixty or more kings might have ruled Khazad-dûm through the ages, only nine have been recorded:
- Durin the Deathless, the founder and first King of Khazad-dûm before the First Age.
- Durin II, during whose time the Dwarves of Khazad-dûm traded with Men of the Vales of Anduin.
- Durin III, who was a friend of the Elves of Ost-in-Edhil and was given the first of the Seven Rings by Celebrimbor. He later sealed the Doors of Durin when Sauron destroyed Ost-in-Edhil in S.A. 1697.
- Durin IV, of whom Tolkien said little.
- Durin V, of whom Tolkien said little.
- Durin VI, the king when the Dwarves delved to deep into the earth in their search for mithril and awoke a Balrog. He was killed shortly after its release in T.A. 1980.
- Náin I, who was king for less than a year before he too was killed by the Balrog. Durin's folk then fled their ancestral home and Khazad-dûm became known as Moria, the "Black Pit".
- Balin, who attempted to retake Moria, but could only hold it for five years. Although a descendent of Durin, he was the only king that was not of the senior male line of descent (see Line of Durin's folk).
- Durin VII, who was said to have returned to Moria and refounded Khazad-dûm in the Fourth Age, but his exploits were never recorded.