Places in Middle-earth
Region: Rhovanion/Misty Mtns
Location: At the southern foot of the Lonely Mountain.
Description: The city of Men that was destroyed by Smaug, and then rebult after Smaug's destruction.
There the river [Celduin, or River Running], after winding a wide loop over the valley of Dale, turned from the Mountain on its road to the Lake, flowing swift and noisily. Its bank was bare and rocky, tall and steep above the stream; and gazing out from it over the narrow water, foaming and splashing among many boulders, they could see in the wide valley shadowed by the Mountain's arms the grey ruins of ancient houses, towers, and walls.
"There lies all that is left of Dale," said Balin. "The mountain's sides were green with woods and all the sheltered valley rich and pleasant in the days when the bells rang in that town."
The Hobbit, Ch 11, On the Doorstep
Glóin [father of Gimli the Dwarf] began then to talk of the works of his people, telling Frodo about their great labours in [reconstructing] Dale ... "You should see the waterways of Dale, Frodo, and the fountains, and the pools! You should see the stone-paved roads of many colours!"
The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 1, Many Meetings
Contributors: Moriel 7.1.03
Quote added by Lyllyn 7.1.03; Location edited by Elena Tiriel 1.16.04, and added Glóin's quote 1.18.04