Thrór, King under the Mountain, slain by Azog in Moria
Event Type: Genealogical
Age: 3rd Age - The Stewards
The precipitating event of the War of the Dwarves and Orcs; see that entry for an overview:
Thrór returned to Moria, after giving to Thráin the last of the Seven Rings of the Dwarves, and was killed there....
Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 3, The Quest of Erebor
When Thrór came to Moria the Gate was open. Nár begged him to beware, but he took no heed of him, and walked proudly in as an heir that returns. But he did not come back. Nár stayed near by for many days in hiding. One day he heard a loud shout ... and a body was flung out on the steps. Fearing that it was Thrór, he began to creep near ...
Then Nár came up, and found that it was indeed the body of Thrór, but the head was severed and lay face downwards. As he knelt there, he heard orc-laughter in the shadows, and the voice said:
'If beggars will not wait at the door, but sneak in to try thieving, that is what we do to them. If any of your people poke their foul beards in here again, they will fare the same. Go and tell them so! But if his family wish to know who is now king here, the name is written on his face. I wrote it! I killed him! I am the master!'
Then Nár turned the head and saw branded on the brow in Dwarf-runes so that he could read it the name AZOG. That name was branded ... in the hearts of all the Dwarves afterwards. Nár stooped to take the head, but the voice of Azog said:
'Drop it! Be off! Here's your fee, beggar-beard.' A small bag struck him. It held a few coins of little worth.
Weeping, Nár fled down the Silverlode; but he looked back once and saw that Orcs had come from the gate and were hacking up the body and flinging the pieces to the black crows.
Such was the tale that Nár brought back to Thráin ...
Thráin at once sent messengers bearing the tale, north, east, and west; but it was three years before the Dwarves had mustered their strength.
The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Durin's Folk
Elena Tiriel 16Jul04, 6Oct05