Dwarves of Moria make a last stand in the Chamber of Mazarbul (estimated date)
Event Type: Military/Strategic
Age: 3rd Age - The Stewards
Date: December 1, 2994
An event in the Recolonization of Moria; see that entry for an overview:
Balin perishes, and the dwarf-colony is destroyed.
The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, The Tale of Years: The Third Age
'It is grim reading,' [Gandalf] said. 'I fear their end was cruel. Listen!.... We cannot get out. The end comes, and then drums, drums in the deep. I wonder what that means. The last thing written is in a trailing scrawl of elf-letters: they are coming. There is nothing more.'....
A sudden dread and a horror of the chamber fell on the Company....
Gandalf raised his head and looked round. 'They seem to have made a last stand by both doors,' he said; 'but there were not many left by that time. So ended the attempt to retake Moria! It was valiant but foolish. The time is not come yet.'
The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 5, The Bridge of Khazad-dûm
The date is an estimate, set to follow the event Balin, Lord of Moria, slain. Appendix B indicates that the colony is destroyed the same year as Balin's death.
Elena Tiriel 7Oct05