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Thanes in the Warcraft Universe
The High Thanes in WoW include King of the Bronzebeard Dwarves, High Thane of the Aerie Peak Dwarves, and Emperor — a descendant of Sorcerer-Thane Thaurissan — of the Dark Iron dwarves.
A thane rules each Wildhammer clan, and the mightiest thane rules Aerie Peak.
The Mountain Kings, or 'Thanes' as they are known in Khaz Modan, are the mightiest dwarven warriors under the mountain.
Ironforge dwarves also call mountain kings "thanes," an honorary title that respects the mighty warriors' prowess and strength. This moniker also recalls the day when most, if not all, mountain kings, truly were kings of the mountains, leading the dwarf clans in the deep caves. In modern times, Ironforge has a single king - but many mountain kings are nobles or other honorary personages, the scions of families whose names and deeds echo through the generations.
List of Thanes
- Main article: List of aristocracy#Thane/Thaness