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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. A thane rules each Wildhammer clan, and the mightiest thane rules Aerie Peak.
List of Thanes
- Main article: List of aristocracy#Thane
- Given their predecessor, position of king and appearance in wielding two warhammers, King of the Bronzebeard dwarves was likely a high thane, but he has never been addressed as such.
- is also likely a thane but hasn't been referred as such. Instead, he is labeled as a representative of the Bronzebeard clan but had mountain king abilities in Warcraft III.
- Similarly like his predecessor, Sorcerer-Thane Thaurissan, Emperor of the Dark Iron dwarves could also be considered a thane but was never referred as such.