The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power continued this week with Episode 4, which gave viewers a little more insight into the relationship between Prince Durin IV of Khazad-dûm and his father, King Durin III. Looking at the legacy of the dwarven monarch, it is clear that he had an essential role to play in the history of Middle-earth. Here’s everything we know about King Durin III thanks to the works of author JRR Tolkien.
The story behind the reign of King Durin III
King Durin III, also known as the King of Durin’s people, was considered by many dwarves to be the reincarnation of the original Durin I. This was never confirmed by Tolkien, but it proves in a way how loyal the dwarf people were to their king. In the Second Age during this reign, Durin III secured himself. its place in history. Those who watched the original Lord of the Rings film, The Fellowship of the Ring, may recall that Durin III was shown, if only for a fleeting moment.
Durin III would be given one of the seven rings created for dwarves, the Ring of Thrór, although exactly how it was given to him has been up for debate. The dwarves of Durin’s people said that Ñoldorin prince and master smith Celebrimbor gave the ring to the king himself, but others claimed it was given to Durin by Sauron. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle. Celebrimbor may have given the Ring to Durin, but Sauron was present and involved in its original creation.
As rulers we have seen that Durin III is very traditional and prefers the dwarves to live a life of isolation and solitude, away from elves and other races. What fans of the series know by now, however, is that this won’t stick around. As we prepare for the War of the Elves and Sauron, the Dwarves will forge an alliance to fight the Dark Lord and his forces. They play a crucial role in giving elven refugees and the army of Elrond a chance to escape when it seems all help is lost. After that the gates of Khazad-dûm were closed.
Will Prince Durin ever become king?
Tolkien’s works show us that Prince Durin eventually becomes King Durin IV, although it is either very late in the Second Age or early in the Third Age. He served as monarch during the War of the Last Alliance and sent an army to fight alongside the Last Alliance of elves and humans against the Dark Lord Sauron. He wore the ring of power given to his father, the Ring of Thrór, and viewers who watch The Rings of Power will likely learn more about his story as episodes and seasons progress.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power continues on Fridays on Amazon Prime Video.
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