Dale was once a proud Mannish merchant city on the slopes of Erebor, a Dwarvish settlement. It was particularly famed for it's toys, which only the Dwarves themselves could rival in craftmanship. But, it was not to last. 60 years before Mordor awakened, Smaug, a Fire Drake, swept in from the North and sacked Erebor and Dale, leaving Dale in ruins. It was referred then as the Desolation of Smaug. After Smaug had been defeated, Bard the Bowman rebuilt Dale and became king of its former territories. His great-grandson Brand is the King of Dale during the late Third Age, repelling the forces of Mordor and The Easterlings from the vast uncharted lands of Rhun from his merchant empire.