Balin, Lord of Moria, slain by Orcs
Event Type: Genealogical
Age: 3rd Age - The Stewards
Date: November 10, 2994
An event in the Recolonization of Moria; see that entry for an overview:
Balin goes to Moria, 2989.
The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Durin's Folk
[There] lay the remains of a book....
'It seems to be a record of the fortunes of Balin's folk,' [Gandalf] said. 'I guess that it began with their coming to Dimrill Dale nigh on thirty years ago.... Listen to this!
'We drove out orcs from the great gate and guard — I think; the next word is blurred and burned; probably room — we slew many in the bright — I think — sun in the dale. Flói was killed by an arrow. He slew the great. Then there is a blur followed by Flói under grass near Mirror mere. The next line or two I cannot read. Then comes We have taken the twentyfirst hall of North end to dwell in. There is I cannot read what. A shaft is mentioned. Then Balin has set up his seat in the Chamber of Mazarbul.'
'The Chamber of Records,' said Gimli. 'I guess that is where we now stand.'
'Well, I can read no more for a long way,' said Gandalf, 'except the word gold, and Durin's Axe and something helm. Then Balin is now lord of Moria. That seems to end a chapter. After some stars another hand begins, and I can see we found truesilver, and later the word wellforged and then something, I have it! mithril; and the last two lines Óin to seek for the upper armouries of Third Deep, something go westwards, a blur, to Hollin gate.'
The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 5, The Bridge of Khazad-dûm
Elena Tiriel 7Oct05