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Azog's Purse of Small Money

Type: Artifacts

Description:When Thrór came to Moria ... he ... walked proudly in as an heir that returns. But he did not come back. Nár stayed near by for many days ... and a body was flung out on the steps. ...

Then Nár ... 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!' ...

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 his heart and 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 ... 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.

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Durin's Folk

[After slaying Náin in the Battle of Azanulbizar] Azog ... turned and fled back towards the Gate.

Up the steps after him leaped a Dwarf with a red axe. It was Dáin Ironfoot, Náin's son. Right before the doors he caught Azog, and there he slew him, and hewed off his head. ...

When at last the battle was won the Dwarves that were left gathered in Azanulbizar. They took the head of Azog and thrust into its mouth the purse of small money, and then they set it on a stake.

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Durin's Folk

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 7.17.04

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