"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."-Alliance Player's Guide.
Mountain Kings are not true thanes, but only called that as an honary title.Baggins 17:08, 5 January 2007 (EST)
- http://www.battle.net/war3/human/units/mountainking.shtml contradicts this, but I presume the guide is more recent? --Tinkerer 17:10, 5 January 2007 (EST)