I'm lagging behind, but at least some of the suspense can be better appreciated from this vantage point!
For instance, I'm not sure I would otherwise have caught the neat parallel between Thyrnir on watch at the beginning of this chapter and him on watch a couple of chapters further on. What a change an evening makes, in attitude and for whom the watch is conducted.
Loved your usual neat details, such as why Veylin, being home, had not made it to White Cliffs yet. Love seeing Auð, as always – I think she is one of my favorite characters in the fandom, OC or original, and that is saying a lot! Thoroughly enjoyed her and Sút's reaction to Hanadan (appalled fascination – perfect!), and Auð's thoughts reflect so clearly the Dwarven attitude about children. (And such a charge, to care for another's child without their leave. Etc.)
That earned her a peculiar look. "He is Edain," Hanadan said, as if that explained all. Another telling little snippet...
"Half a crown says the man-child eats less than you the rest of this day." This whole bit had me chortling in delight. And Auð's dry displeasure at the end left me reflective about women's roles in Dwarven society and their own thoughts about it, good and bad.