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'''Thrór''' ([[Third Age]] 2542 – 2790, lived 248 years) was King of [[Durin's folk]] for 201 years, from 2589 to 2790. He was the eldest son of [[Dáin I]], and with his younger brother [[Grór]] he led his people away from the [[Grey Mountains]] after a great [[Cold-drakes|Cold-drake]] killed both his father and brother [[Frór]]. Thrór led some of the [[Dwarves]] back to [[Lonely Mountain]], where he became [[King under the Mountain]].  While Grór continued west with the a great following of Durin's folk to the [[Iron Hills]], where he founded his own [[Dwarves of the Iron Hills|realm]].
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'''Thrór''' ({{TA|2542}} {{TA|2790|n}}, lived 248 years) was King of [[Durin's folk]] for 201 years, from {{TA|2589|n}} to 2790. He was the eldest son of [[Dáin I]] and brother of [[Grór]] and [[Frór]].<ref name="Durin">{{App|Durin}}</ref>
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
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After a great [[Cold-drakes|Cold-drake]] killed both his father and brother [[Frór]], the remaining brothers Thrór  and [[Grór]] led their people away from the [[Grey Mountains]].  As Dáin's heir Thrór led many [[Dwarves]] back to [[Lonely Mountain]] in {{TA|2590}}<ref name="TA">{{App|TA}}</ref>, where he became [[King under the Mountain]], a title held earlier by his ancestor, [[Thorin I]].  Grór continued east with a great following of Durin's folk to the [[Iron Hills]], where he founded his own [[Dwarves of the Iron Hills|realm]].<ref name="Durin"/>
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=== King under the Mountain ===
 
=== King under the Mountain ===
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At Erebor, Thrór and his people re-established the [[Kingdom under the Mountain]] and became very prosperous.  Thrór brought the [[Arkenstone]] back to [[Lonely Mountain|Erebor]]<ref name="Durin"/> and the hall of feasting and council, the [[Great Chamber of Thrór]],<ref>{{H|Home}}</ref>  was named after him.
  
At Erebor, Thrór and his people were very prosperous.  Gaining the friendship of the [[Northmen]] who lived along the river [[Celduin]].  These people later founded the town of [[Dale]] and had much trade of goods, beautiful trinkets, and weapons with the Dwarves.  The [[Dwarves of Erebor | Ereborians]] also had much traffic of ores with their kinsman in the Iron Hills.  And the region had peace and prosperity for many years.
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Thrór and his people gained the friendship of the [[Northmen]] who lived along the river [[River Running|Celduin]].  These people later founded the town of [[Dale]] and had much trade of goods, beautiful trinkets, and weapons with the Dwarves.  The [[Dwarves of Erebor]] also had much traffic of ores with their kinsman in the Iron Hills and the region had peace and prosperity for many years.
 
    
 
    
In 2770 though their prosperity ended.  The Dragon [[Smaug]] heard of the wealth of Thrór and his people.  And he came south from the [[Ered Mithrin]] and sacked the Lonely Mountain, killing many Dwarves.  But from the destruction many escaped last of them being Thrór and his son Thráin from  the hidden [[Side Door]].  So with a small company of kin and faithful followers they made the great wandering south, until they reached the hills of [[Dunland]].  
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In {{TA|2770|n}}<ref name="TA"/> though their prosperity ended.  The Dragon [[Smaug]] heard of the wealth of Thrór and his people.  He flew south from the [[Ered Mithrin]] and sacked the Lonely Mountain, killing many Dwarves.  From the destruction many escaped, the last of them being Thrór and his son [[Thráin II|Thráin]] from  the hidden [[Back Door]].  With a small company of kin and faithful followers they made a great wandering southward, until they reached the hills of [[Dunland]].<ref name="Durin"/>
  
On a [[Midyear's Day]], Thrór created his [[Thrór's Map|map]] of the Desolation. With [[Angerthas Erebor|runes]] he wrote information about entering Erebor from a secret way. He used [[Moon-letters]] for this.
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On a [[Midyear's Day]] under a broad crescent moon, Thrór created his [[Thrór's Map|map]] of the Lonely Mountain and the [[Desolation of the Dragon]]. In addition to the readily visible features on the map, Thrór added the details about the hidden [[Back Door]] into the Mountain, written in [[Moon-letters]] for secrecy.<ref>{{H|Rest}}</ref>
  
 
=== Dunland, and the journey to Moria ===
 
=== Dunland, and the journey to Moria ===
Why Thrór and his people chose to settle in Dunland is not clear, but they tried to make a living. However twenty years after the [[Sack of Erebor]] despondent and homeless, Thrór now old and desperate, gave to his son [[Thráin II]] his [[Ring of Thrór|Ring of Power]], along with the [[Thrór's Map|map]] and key to the Lonely Mountain.  
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In [[Dunland]], his people tried to make a living, but twenty years<ref name="TA"/> after the [[Sack of Erebor]], despondent and homeless, Thrór left his people and went north with a single companion, [[Nár (companion of Thrór)|Nár]].  Before leaving, Thrór gave his son [[Thráin II]] his [[Ring of Thrór|Ring of Power]], along with the map and key to the Lonely Mountain. Thrór wished to see the fabled city of his ancestors, [[Khazad-dûm]].
"It takes gold to breed gold," He said to Thráin at their parting.
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"Surely you are not thinking of returning to Erebor?" Thráin said.
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"Not at my age," Thrór said to him. "Our vengeance on [[Smaug]] I bequeath upon you and your sons. But I am tired of poverty and the scorn of Men. I go to see what I can find."
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He did not say where.  
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Thrór left his people and went north with a single companion, an old friend [[Nár (companion of Thrór)|Nár]]. Eventally they made it over the [[Redhorn Pass]] down into [[Azanulbizar]] the Dimrill Dale.  And when they came to the [[East-gate]] of Moria they found it open.  Nár begged Thrór to beware, but he took no heed of him, and walked through the gates as the heir who had returned.  But he did not come back.
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Eventually they made it over the [[Redhorn Pass]] down into [[Azanulbizar]], the Dimrill Dale.  Coming to the [[East-gate]] of Moria Thrór found it open.  Nár begged him to beware, but ignoring his companion Thrór walked through the gates as the heir who had returned.  But he did not come back.<ref name="Durin"/>
  
 
===Death===
 
===Death===
Nár stayed nearby for many days in hiding until one day he heard a great shout, followed by the blast of a horn, and a body was flung out of the gate and onto the steps.  
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Nár hid nearby for many days until he saw Thrór's body flung down the steps; his severed head lay face downward on the ground.  As he knelt there, Nar saw branded across his forehead in [[Angerthas Moria|Dwarvish runes]] the name [[Azog|AZOG]].  This Orc then threw a small purse of coins at him, calling him a beggar.  Nár fled weeping down the [[Silverlode]], while Orcs emerged and hacked Thrór's body into pieces and fed them to the crows.<ref name="Durin"/>
  
Fearing that it was Thrór, Nár crept near. He heard the sound of Orc laughter from the shadows of the gate and then a voice called out, "Come here, beardling! We can see you. But there is no need to be afraid today. We need you as a messenger." Nár found that it was indeed the body of Thrór. His head had been severed and it lay face downward.
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When Nár told Thráin what had happened, he declared war on the [[Orcs]] and called all the Seven Houses of the Dwarves together for vengeance. Nine years later in {{TA|2799}}<ref name="TA"/> at the [[Battle of Azanulbizar]], the climax of the [[War of the Dwarves and Orcs]], the death of Thrór was avengedThráin took Azog's severed head, shoved the purse of coins into his mouth and then set it on a stake.<ref name="Durin"/>
 
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As he knelt there, the voice called out from the gate, "If beggars will not wait at my gates but instead sneak in to try thieving, this is what we will do to them. If any of your people poke their foul beards in here again, they will fare the same. Go and tell them so. But if his family wishes to know who is king here, tell them I am king here! I killed him!" Nár turned Thrór's head upright and saw branded across his brow in [[Angerthas Moria|Dwarvish runes]] the name [[Azog | AZOG]].
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"Drop it!" The voice commanded when Nár moved to retrieve the head. "Here is your fee, beggar-beard! Now be off!"
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Nár was struck with a small pouch of coins of little worth. Weeping, he took the pouch and fled down the [[Silverlode]]. He looked back and saw that Orcs had emerged from the Gate and were hacking Thrór's body into pieces and flinging them to the crows.
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=== Aftermath ===
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When Nár returned to Dunland with the tale, Thráin wept and cursed and tore his beard and then fell silence. For seven days he sat in silence with little food or drink. Finally on the seventh day, he stood up and said, "This cannot be borne!" He declared war on the Orcs and sent word to the corners of the world, calling on all the [[Seven Houses of the Dwarves | Seven Houses]] together for vengeance.
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Nine years later at the [[Battle of Azanulbizar]], the climax of the [[War of the Dwarves and Orcs]] the Thrór was avenged, and Thráin took the Azog's severed head and shoved the purse of coins into his mouth then set it on a stake.  
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== Genealogy ==
 
== Genealogy ==
            [[Dáin I]]
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  '''THRÓR'''     [[Frór]]     [[Grór]]
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{{familytree | THN | | NAI | | | | |THN=[[Thráin II]]|NAI=[[Náin son of Grór|Náin]]}}
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==Etymology==
[[Thráin II]]           [[Náin son of Grór|Náin]]
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[[Jim Allan]] has suggested that the name ''Thrór'' derives from ''Þrór'', a dwarf from the ''[[Völuspá|Dvergatal]]''. According to Allan, ''Þrór'' means "boar", deriving from a root meaning "to expand" (linking the meaning to Thrór's expanding of the "''diggings and wealth of the Lonely Mountain''").<ref>[[Jim Allan]], "Giving of Names", in ''[[An Introduction to Elvish]]'', p. 223</ref>
  
 
==Portrayal in Adaptations==
 
==Portrayal in Adaptations==
 
'''[[2003]]: ''[[The Hobbit (2003 video game)]]'':'''
 
'''[[2003]]: ''[[The Hobbit (2003 video game)]]'':'''
:A statue of Thrór stands in the great hall of [[Erebor]]
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:A statue of Thrór stands in the great hall of [[Lonely Mountain|Erebor]].
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'''[[2012]]-[[2013|3]]: ''[[The Hobbit films]]'':'''
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:Thrór will be played by [[Jeffrey Thomas]].<ref name="PJCasting">{{webcite|author=[[Peter Jackson]]|articleurl=http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150168211921558|articlename=Production begins in New Zealand on The Hobbit|dated=20-March-2011|website=[http://www.facebook.com/ Facebook]|accessed=23-Dec-2011}}</ref>
  
 
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|prev=[[Thorin I]], 350 years earlier
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| prev=[[Dáin I]]
|next=Abandoned for 170 years<br>until [[Thorin II Oakenshield]]
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| list=[[Kings of Durin's Folk|King of Durin's Folk]]
|list=3rd [[King under the Mountain]]<br>[[Third Age 2589]] – [[Third Age 2790|2790]]
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| dates={{TA|2589}} {{TA|2790|n}}
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| next=[[Thráin II]]
 
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| prev=''[[Thorin I]], 350 years earlier''
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| list=3rd [[Kings under the Mountain|King under the Mountain]]
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| dates={{TA|2589}} – {{TA|2790|n}}
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| next=''[[Thorin|Thorin Oakenshield]],<br/>151 years later''
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Revision as of 12:58, 4 November 2012

Art by David Wenzel
Thrór
Dwarf
Biographical Information
LocationGrey Mountains, Lonely Mountain
Family
HouseDurin's line
ParentageDáin I
Physical Description
GenderMale

Thrór (T.A. 25422790, lived 248 years) was King of Durin's folk for 201 years, from 2589 to 2790. He was the eldest son of Dáin I and brother of Grór and Frór.[1]

Contents

History

After a great Cold-drake killed both his father and brother Frór, the remaining brothers Thrór and Grór led their people away from the Grey Mountains. As Dáin's heir Thrór led many Dwarves back to Lonely Mountain in T.A. 2590[2], where he became King under the Mountain, a title held earlier by his ancestor, Thorin I. Grór continued east with a great following of Durin's folk to the Iron Hills, where he founded his own realm.[1]

King under the Mountain

At Erebor, Thrór and his people re-established the Kingdom under the Mountain and became very prosperous. Thrór brought the Arkenstone back to Erebor[1] and the hall of feasting and council, the Great Chamber of Thrór,[3] was named after him.

Thrór and his people gained the friendship of the Northmen who lived along the river Celduin. These people later founded the town of Dale and had much trade of goods, beautiful trinkets, and weapons with the Dwarves. The Dwarves of Erebor also had much traffic of ores with their kinsman in the Iron Hills and the region had peace and prosperity for many years.

In 2770[2] though their prosperity ended. The Dragon Smaug heard of the wealth of Thrór and his people. He flew south from the Ered Mithrin and sacked the Lonely Mountain, killing many Dwarves. From the destruction many escaped, the last of them being Thrór and his son Thráin from the hidden Back Door. With a small company of kin and faithful followers they made a great wandering southward, until they reached the hills of Dunland.[1]

On a Midyear's Day under a broad crescent moon, Thrór created his map of the Lonely Mountain and the Desolation of the Dragon. In addition to the readily visible features on the map, Thrór added the details about the hidden Back Door into the Mountain, written in Moon-letters for secrecy.[4]

Dunland, and the journey to Moria

In Dunland, his people tried to make a living, but twenty years[2] after the Sack of Erebor, despondent and homeless, Thrór left his people and went north with a single companion, Nár. Before leaving, Thrór gave his son Thráin II his Ring of Power, along with the map and key to the Lonely Mountain. Thrór wished to see the fabled city of his ancestors, Khazad-dûm.

Eventually they made it over the Redhorn Pass down into Azanulbizar, the Dimrill Dale. Coming to the East-gate of Moria Thrór found it open. Nár begged him to beware, but ignoring his companion Thrór walked through the gates as the heir who had returned. But he did not come back.[1]

Death

Nár hid nearby for many days until he saw Thrór's body flung down the steps; his severed head lay face downward on the ground. As he knelt there, Nar saw branded across his forehead in Dwarvish runes the name AZOG. This Orc then threw a small purse of coins at him, calling him a beggar. Nár fled weeping down the Silverlode, while Orcs emerged and hacked Thrór's body into pieces and fed them to the crows.[1]

When Nár told Thráin what had happened, he declared war on the Orcs and called all the Seven Houses of the Dwarves together for vengeance. Nine years later in T.A. 2799[2] at the Battle of Azanulbizar, the climax of the War of the Dwarves and Orcs, the death of Thrór was avenged. Thráin took Azog's severed head, shoved the purse of coins into his mouth and then set it on a stake.[1]

Genealogy

 
 
 
 
Dáin I
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THRÓR
 
Frór
 
Grór
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thráin II
 
Náin
 
 
 
 

Etymology

Jim Allan has suggested that the name Thrór derives from Þrór, a dwarf from the Dvergatal. According to Allan, Þrór means "boar", deriving from a root meaning "to expand" (linking the meaning to Thrór's expanding of the "diggings and wealth of the Lonely Mountain").[5]

Portrayal in Adaptations

2003: The Hobbit (2003 video game):

A statue of Thrór stands in the great hall of Erebor.

2012-3: The Hobbit films:

Thrór will be played by Jeffrey Thomas.[6]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Not at Home"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "A Short Rest"
  5. Jim Allan, "Giving of Names", in An Introduction to Elvish, p. 223
  6. Peter Jackson, "Production begins in New Zealand on The Hobbit" dated 20 March 2011, Facebook (accessed 23 December 2011)
Thrór
House of Durin
Born: T.A. 2542 Died: T.A. 2790
Preceded by:
Dáin I
King of Durin's Folk
T.A. 25892790
Followed by:
Thráin II
Vacant
Thorin I, 350 years earlier
3rd King under the Mountain
T.A. 25892790
Abandoned
Thorin Oakenshield,
151 years later