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Thane is an honorary title bestowed upon clan leaders, nobility, or royalty in dwarvish and vrykul societies.


In Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, the mountain kings are honorary thanes, although not true kings.

Kurdran Wildhammer and Falstad Wildhammer of the Wildhammer clan in Aerie Peak are known to be high thanes, succeeding one another.[1]




The Mountain Kings, or 'Thanes' as they are known in Khaz Modan, are the mightiest dwarven warriors under the mountain.[2]

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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.[3] A thane rules each Wildhammer clan, and the mightiest thane rules Aerie Peak.[4]

List of Thanes

Main article: List of aristocracy#Thane


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  1. ^ Fire and Iron
  2. ^ Warcraft III - Humans -> Units -> Mountain King. Retrieved on 2011-02-10.
  3. ^ White Wolf. Alliance Player's Guide, 55-58. ISBN 9781588467737. 
  4. ^ Lands of Conflict, pg. 99