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The surname of King Dáin II

The title and surname of Dáin son of Náin, ruler of the Dwarves of the Iron Hills and later King under the Mountain. While still a youth of thirty-two, he fought in the Battle of Azanulbizar, and gained great fame by slaying the leader of the Orcs, Azog, before the gates of Moria. Some sources suggest that Dáin gained the name Ironfoot from that victory, holding down Azog's iron collar under his foot and then chopping off his head (though the history of the event in The Lord of the Rings is not so explicit, saying simply that Dáin '...slew [Azog], and hewed off his head.' [Appendix A III, Durin's Folk]). However he acquired the title, it suited him well as the ruler of the Iron Hills, but when his distant cousin Thorin was slain in the Battle of Five Armies, Dáin Ironfoot succeeded him to become King Dáin II of the Longbeards.

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