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

In Khaz Modan, the Mountain Kings, or 'Thanes' as they are known, are the mightiest dwarven warriors under the mountain. Wielding both enchanted warhammers and hand axes, these fierce fighters live to test themselves against worthy opponents. Unconcerned with their race's preoccupation with mechanical devices and mining precious minerals, Mountain Kings live only for battle. They are dedicated to safeguarding the Alliance which saved their kingdom during the Second War, the Mountain Kings can be counted upon to rally behind any banner that stands between freedom and the ever looming shadow of evil.[1]


Main article: List of aristocracy#Thane

In Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, the mountain kings are thanes.

Kurdran Wildhammer and Falstad Wildhammer of the Wildhammer clan in Aerie Peak are known to be high thanes, succeeding one another.[2]



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In the RPG

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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]

The Wildhammers have a clan-like caste system. A thane rules each clan, and the mightiest thane rules Aerie Peak.[4]


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  • Given their predecessor, position of king and appearance in wielding two warhammers, King Magni Bronzebeard of the Bronzebeard dwarves was likely a high thane, but he has never been addressed as such.
  • Similarly like his predecessor, Sorcerer-Thane Thaurissan, Emperor Dagran Thaurissan of the Dark Iron dwarves could also be considered a thane but was never referred to as such.