A descendant of the royal line of Durin's Folk, Farin was the son of Borin, and so the grandson of King Náin II. Through his elder son Fundin, Farin was the grandfather of Balin, the short-lived Lord of Moria. Through his younger son Gróin, Farin was also the great-grandfather of Gimli Elf-friend of the Company of the Ring. So, when Gimli discovered Balin's tomb in Moria, he was encountering a distant cousin: both Dwarves could trace their descent back to their common ancestor Farin.
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