Last stand of Balin's folk

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Last stand of Balin's folk
Conflict: Incursion of the Orcs on Balin's folk in Moria
Date: T.A. 2994[1][2]
Place: Chamber of Mazarbul, Moria
Outcome: Extermination of Balin's folk in Moria

Balin's folk of Dwarves from Erebor






Very few; the remainder of the Colony





The Last stand of Balin's folk was the final confrontation that took place between Balin's folk of Dwarves, and the Orcs of the Misty Mountains in the Chamber of Mazarbul in T.A. 2994.

Prelude[edit | edit source]

Four years after bringing a group of Dwarves from Erebor to attempt to resettle the once Dwarf-city of Khazad-dûm, Balin was killed by an Orc arrow while peering into Lake Mirrormere, and his people became immediately engaged with many Orcs coming of up the Silverlode River. After a continuous retreat from the East-gate and First Hall, then the Bridge of Khazad-dûm and Second Hall, the remaining Longbeards were forced all the way back into the Twenty-first Hall. [2] After an unsuccessful attempt to escape through the Doors of Durin that saw the death of Óin, the Chamber of Mazarbul became the last hold-out of the colony after losing the Twenty-first Hall just outside chamber. Barring the gates, Ori and the few survivors set up a final defense.[2]

Opposing Forces[edit | edit source]

Of the Dwarves there were very few. Four were all that returned of Óin’s group, and Ori is the only one who is known for sure. With so little information we can’t precisely know how many there were. However we do know that their remains were left at both sets of door in the Chamber of Mazarbul[2],which considering the size of the area would mean no more than thirty or forty could have remained.

Of the Orcs we know that they were many.[2] It is also a possibility that Trolls could have been present with the Orcs too as was seen over twenty years later.[2]

The Battle[edit | edit source]

As the Orcs were besieging the chamber, Ori wrote his final account of the colony's history in the Book of Mazarbul. Soon after the Orcs breached the doors, and Ori and his kinsmen made their final stand at both entrances; eventually succumbing to the onslaught of Orcs, and their treasures plundered, and their bodies left desecrated.[2]

Aftermath[edit | edit source]

With the colony obliterated, no news or reports came to Erebor, and concern grew as the years passed. After 24 years, King Dáin Ironfoot sent Glóin, the brother of Óin, to Rivendell to see if Lord Elrond would have any information.[3] Glóin's son Gimli later went to Moria with the Fellowship of the Ring and discovered the Chamber of Mazarbul, the Book of the same name, and the truth as to what happened to his kinsmen.[2]