Thráin leaves for Erebor
Event Type: General
Age: 3rd Age - The Stewards
Thráin II sets out to revisit Erebor, but is pursued by the servants of Sauron.
The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix B, The Tale of Years: The Third Age
[After the War of the Dwarves and Orcs] Thráin and Thorin Oakenshield dwelt in the Ered Luin, but in the year 2841 Thráin set out from there to return to the Lonely Mountain.
Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 3, The Quest of Erebor
... it may well be ... that Sauron ... had discovered who had this [Dwarven] Ring, the last to remain free, and that the singular misfortunes of the heirs of Durin were largely due to his malice. For the Dwarves had proved untameable.... The only power over them that the Rings wielded was to inflame their hearts with a greed of gold and precious things, so that if they lacked them all other good things seemed profitless, and they were filled with wrath and desire for vengeance on all who deprived them. But they were made ... to resist most steadfastly any domination. Though they could be slain or broken, they could not be reduced to shadows enslaved to another will.... All the more did Sauron hate the possessors and desire to dispossess them.
It was therefore perhaps partly by the malice of the Ring that Thráin after some years became restless and discontented. The lust for gold was ever in his mind. At last, when he could endure it no longer, he turned his thoughts to Erebor, and resolved to go back there. He said nothing to Thorin of what was in his heart; but with Balin and Dwalin and a few others, he ... departed.
Little is known of what happened to him afterwards. It would now seem that as soon as he was abroad with few companions he was hunted by the emissaries of Sauron. Wolves pursued him, Orcs waylaid him, evil birds shadowed his path, and the more he strove to go north the more misfortunes opposed him.
The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Durin's Folk
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