Dainlin, King of Jord and the Hill Dwarves, joined the Second Alliance just as his father had joined the First Alliance decades before. He fought alongside other Alliance soldiers in the battles leading up to the Siege of Phoenix. During the siege, Dainlin returned to Jord to placate his advisors who did not wish him to die in a battle defending foreign lands.
When the Fierce Axe of Dwarvish Lords was found by Dainlin’s great-nephew, Torin, the King toyed with the idea of taking the Axe for himself and proclaiming himself High King. Dainlin reasoned that he had to call a Kingsmoot instead. Taking the High Kingship for himself might not bring aid to the embattled Alliance and could even lead to a civil war amongst the dwarves.
At the Kingsmoot, King Dainlin threw his support behind any who would bring the entirety of the dwarven forces into the Second Alliance War on the Alliance’s side. Torngar agreed to this condition and Dainlin pledged his fealty to the new High King.