The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is Amazon’s upcoming Legendarium-based streaming series that will bring us back to the Second Age of Middle-earth, years before the events of The Lord of the Rings. The Second Age is an extremely interesting period with a lot of events and a lot of characters, most of which are unknown to the casual fan. One such character is the Dwarf ruler, Durin IV.
Durin IV was a king of Durin’s Folk and of Khazad-dûm in the Second Age. Durin IV was the descendant of the three previous kings named Durin and was considered by many to be the reincarnation of Durin I, as he closely resembled him in behavior and appearance. He wore the Ring of Power given to his ancestor Durin III and possibly ruled as king during the War of the Last Alliance.
The article is going to give you all the available and unavailable information on Durin IV. Durin IV is set to appear in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, and while we still don’t know how big his role is going to be in the series, we do know that he is certainly deserving of an article. That is why you’ll be able to find everything you need to know about him in this article.
Who is prince Durin IV in The Lord of the Rings?
Durin IV was a king of Durin’s Folk and of Khazad-dûm in the Second Age. Durin IV was the descendant of the three previous kings named Durin and, like them, was considered by many to be the reincarnation of Durin I, as he closely resembled him in behavior and appearance. He wore the Ring of Power given to his ancestor Durin III and possibly ruled as king during the War of the Last Alliance.
Why is he called “Durin the Deathless”?
Actually, Durin IV was never called Durin the Deathless; it is true that we know very little about this ruler and it was even a question of debate whether he was actually real or not, but we do know that he was never called Durin the Deathless, as the title actually belonged to Durin I, one of his ancestors. The confusion might stem from the fact that the subsequent Durins were considered to be reincarnations of Durin I, but they never shared his nickname.
Durin I was the eldest of the seven dwarf fathers. According to legend, he awoke shortly after the awakening of the elves under the Gundabadberg. Unlike the other six dwarf fathers, who awoke in pairs, Durin was alone. At first he wandered in the wilderness, but then he established his halls in Khazad-dûm, having beheld the starlight in the form of a crown upon his head in the Kheled-zâram.
He founded Durin’s Folk and the line of dwarven kings. Durin reached a very old age, even for dwarves, which is why he was called Durin the Deathless. However, he was not immortal, but died at the end of the First Age and was buried in Khazad-dûm. Another reason for his nickname was the dwarf legend, which said that Durin’s spirit would, from time to time, be reborn in a dwarf king of his line.
According to legend, this dwarf named Durin not only looked like the forefather, but also carried the memories of the dwarves who had previously ruled under the name of Durin. Legend has it that reincarnation would happen six times, so Durin VII was the last dwarf to bear that honorable name.
Who killed Durin the Deathless?
As you could’ve seen from our story, Durin I, the only Durin known by that name, wasn’t killed. He died of natural causes (old age) at some point during the First Age but he was not killed. As to what happened to his descendants, that remains an open question.
Tolkien has never bothered to give us any detailed explanation as to During’s role in the saga, which is why we don’t really have many sources to consult in this case. We can state for sure that he wasn’t killed but the exact circumstances of his death are still a mystery, since there are a lot of suspicious elements.
Who is playing prince Durin IV in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power?
Owain Arthur (born March 5, 1983) is a Welsh actor known in Wales for his work on Rownd a Rownd. He came to prominence playing Francis Henshall in the National Theater’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors at the Royal Haymarket theater. Actor James Corden followed in the part and later had the opportunity to perform the show in Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia.
He spent his early years at Rhiwlas in the Ogwen Valley where he attended Ysgol Rhiwlas and Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen. He began his acting career at the age of 11 playing the character Aled Shaw on S4C’s soap series Rownd a Rownd for nine years. As a child he attended the local performance school, Ysgol Glanaethwy and went on to train at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
He has performed in various theater roles including Romeo and Juliet for the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Comedy of Errors at the Royal Exchange Theater and Birdsong at the Comedy Theater. He has also worked extensively on British television.
What will prince Durin’s role in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power be?
This aspect is still unknown because the show hasn’t aired as of the time of writing this article. Now, he will certainly do what he did in the original novels, but whether the producers plan to expand this or not is still unknown. This is why we cannot speculate as to how large his role is going to be in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power streaming series.