At one time, the Petty-dwarves seem to have been quite populous in Beleriand, at least in the regions between the rivers Narog and Sirion. By the later First Age, though, their numbers had dwindled until only one of their settlements remained. That was the dwelling of Mîm and his sons within the Bald Hill of Amon Rûdh, and its name was Bar-en-Nibin-noeg, meaning simply 'House of the Petty-dwarves'.
The name of the house was changed after Mîm was captured by Túrin and his outlaws. Mîm offered shelter in his hidden halls as ransom for his release, and after that time his house was no longer known as Bar-en-Nibin-noeg, but as Bar-en-Danwedh, 'House of Ransom'.
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