It told how Balin discovered Durin's Axe, and established a small colony, but it was overrun by orcs and Balin was killed by an orc archer in Dimrill Dale. Such a good memory. Related to Thorin Oakenshield, Balin is one of his closest, most trusted advisers – but deep in his heart, this wisest and most loyal of Dwarves harbors troubling doubts about the wisdom of the Quest for the Lonely Mountain. [2] The name appears in Le Morte d'Arthur, but Malory's Sir Balin is not nearly as likeable a character. [8], "From Children's Book to Epic Prequel: Peter Jackson's Transformation of Tolkien's 'The Hobbit, "Scottish independence: Ken Stott backs 'Yes, Risk: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Edition, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Balin_(Middle-earth)&oldid=975099424, Articles using Infobox character with multiple unlabeled fields, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 26 August 2020, at 18:52. The second dwarf to arrive at Bilbo's house at the beginning of The Hobbit, preceded by his brother Dwalin, Balin was part of the company assembled by Thorin to kill the dragon Smaug and to retake the mountain kingdom of Erebor. Gratefully, you sink down onto the floor, not minding that it is cold and hard. The kingdom had been abandoned in T.A. Balin's headpiece features black eyes with white pupils and bushy white eyebrows. Though the riches of Erebor had made the Dwarves prospero… [T 1], Balin was a dwarf member of Thorin Oakenshield's company of dwarves who travelled with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf in the Quest of Erebor, on which the plot of The Hobbit centres. Ultimately, the search for the ring, which conferred great wealth and a curse of greed on its owner, was in vain, as it had been recaptured from Thráin II by Sauron. A Dwarf Lord known for his wise counsel and willingness to listen, he was one of Thorin's closest friends and advisers. report. TA 2994 In TA 2989, Balin led an expedition in an attempt to reclaim the ancient dwarf kingdom of Moria, hoping to reestablish Dwarven rule and to reclaim the last of the Seven Rings of the Dwarves. No rights belong to me. [T 6], In the course of the Quest, Balin was the Dwarf who developed the closest friendship with Bilbo. [3], Balin, along with his companions, underwent the journey through the Trollshaws and Lone-lands to Rivendell, including the encounter with the trolls Tom, Bert, and William. The Trial of Balin, Lord of Moria(?) Balin was a discerning character, being described as the company's \"look-out man\": He spotted Bilbo approaching The Green Dragon Inn at Bywater; he spotted the trolls' fire, and; he was the first to spot the Elves in Mirkwood. Recruit Thorin's wisest companion and the brother of Dwalin. In the year Balin turned seven, Erebor was sacked by Smaug, and the Dwarves went into exile. Balin and his brother settled in the Blue Mountains with their surviving family. After so many days of sleeping on the ground in the wilderness, your definition of a comfortable bed is not the same as it used to be. Level 1: Rune Shield - An allied dwarven hero from Ered Luin is protected by a rune shield that grants the hero +25% armor and +25% speed as long as the rune is in effect. "[3], Shippey notes that in the final scene of The Hobbit, Balin, Bilbo, and Gandalf discuss the connection between prophecy, individual action, and truth. Balin and Bilbo quickly developed a long and lasting friendship until Balin died in Moria in 2994 of … He was promptly buried in a tomb in the center of the Chamber of Mazarbul, Balin's former seat, which itself was located off the north end of the Twenty-first Hall. Biographical information This all changed on 10 November T.A. Balin was a discerning character, being described as the company's "look-out man": He spotted Bilbo approaching The Green Dragon Inn at Bywater; he spotted the trolls' fire, and; he was the first to spot the Elves in Mirkwood. Gandalf then finds a book and reads "they are coming." The fate of Balin's colony was uncertain, as no word had come from Moria in many a year. For five years the colony explored and thrived, even sending messengers to Erebor to inform their kin of their doings. He went alone to look in Mirrormere. He proclaimed himself Lord of Moria. It was here that Balin spoke for his companions, arguing for their release. He develops an essentially strong relationship with the other Dwarves he travelled with and was willing to fight alongside them for any cause. He is portrayed by Ken Stott TA 2763 [3] The company rested in Rivendell for some time, and after setting out to cross the Misty Mountains, were captured by orcs on the High Pass, after taking refuge from a thunderstorm. I've looked around but can't seem to find a number. Balin set up his throne in the Chamber of Mazarbul, proclaiming himself Lord of Moria. [T 9] The Tolkien scholar Tom Shippey writes that the metaphor of the shadow is ominous, and ambiguous: it could mean simple earthly discontent, or it could mean a spell from Mordor: "maybe Balin simultaneously fell [made his own choice] and was pushed [bewitched]. After the Quest of Erebor, Balin went on to find the long lost colony of Moria. Like his brother Dwalin, he played a viol. Balin is one of Thorin's oldest friends and companions, and closest friends growing up (other than Dwalin). They settled in the Twenty-first Hall, above the East-gate, and Balin himself ruled his new domain from the old Chamber of Records, also called the Chamber of Mazarbul. During that period his younger brother Dwalin was born. He was one of the thirteen Dwarves who accompanied Thorin II Oakenshield on the quest to regain the Lonely Mountain. Balin Lord of Moria is a fanfiction author that has written 294 stories for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars, Silmarillion, Lord of the Rings, Hobbit, Star Wars, Ultima, King's Quest, Pac-Man, Bible, Great Divorce, Space Trilogy, Gauntlet, Batman Begins/Dark Knight, Young Jedi Knights, She-Ra, Princess of Power, Police Quest, Leisure Suit Larry, Space Quest, Cop and a Half, Maniac Cop, Game X-overs, … Thranduil refused, and imprisoned the dwarves, until Bilbo again rescued the company. He was the second Dwarf to arrive at Bilbo's house, where, like his brother Dwalin, he played a viol as big as himself. Balin's tomb was inscribed "Balin Fundinul Uzbad Khazad-Dûmu", with smaller runes beneath giving the translation into English (as the representation of Westron): "Balin, son of Fundin, Lord of Moria". Realms Seven years after the quest for Erebor, Balin accompanied Gandalf to visit Bilbo in the Shire in TA 2949, since the two had become good friends during their travels. He got on brilliantly with Thorin, and seemed to share something of a grandfatherly view of the latter. [13] He took up residence at the Lonely Mountain afterwards with the surviving members of the company. save. 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[2] Following the meeting's conclusion and the company's initial departure to the Green Dragon Inn, Balin spotted Bilbo hurrying to reach them before they set out. Balin afterwards led the company in escaping from and fighting off the spiders, though the dwarves were captured by Wood-elves, and taken to the hall of the Elvenking, Thranduil. Sword Thrór was murdered as he entered the East-gate of Moria, leading to the War of the Dwarves and Orcs. He was very fond of his brother, Dwalin, shown when they both laugh when they see each other's presence and bonk heads together. [T 9] The Fellowship later came upon Balin's tomb in the Chamber of Mazarbul, and learnt of his fate from the dwarves' book of records, the Book of Mazarbul. Balin was a Dwarf leader, the son of Fundin, and elder brother of Dwalin. [7], The dwarves came to Lake-town,[8] and then to the Lonely Mountain. Bilbo used the Ring to escape notice, and returned to free them. The tomb in the center of the room, on which the beam of light fell, housing the body of Gimli 's fallen cousin Balin . In the Mines of Moriaexpansion (2008) the fate of Balin's company is elaborated upon, as the players can revisit Balin's old campsite and witness the signs of work the dwarves accomplished in Khazad-dum before th… He later personally bids Bilbo farewell at his leaving. White Balin and Dwalin were among those who set out with Thráin II in an attempt to return to Erebor, but they lost Thráin under the eaves of Mirkwood. Even after the end of the War, many Dwarves refused to reclaim Moria, partially because of the Durin's Bane. Over the next five years, the Dwarves seem to have settled quite … He noted that not even a mouse had ever passed him on watch, and wondered why he did not notice Bilbo (hidden by wearing the magic ring) when he was lookout for the company after escaping the Orcs in the Misty Mountains. It was most recently applied to Balin who attempted to resettle Moria in TA 2989 . He had been 7 years old while Thorin had been 24 on that day,[T 1] making him the second-eldest of the Dwarves. They have taken the bridge and Second Hall. Balin was a dwarf of Erebor, older brother to Dwalin and an Elder member of the company of Thorin Oakenshield. 231 (at death) We are still ho{ldin}g...but hope …Óin's party went five days ago but today only four returned. For five years the colony thriv… An orc shot him from behind a stone“. Ever After. [T 10], The Tolkien critic John Rateliff writes that Balin is the only dwarf of Thorin's company whose name does not come directly from the Old Norse poem "Völuspá", part of the Poetic Edda. Death 1 talking about this. The Chamber was the site of a battlebetween the Fellowship and a group of attackin… Balin was likely born in the Lonely Mountain before the coming of the dragon Smaug. Wise and gentle by nature, he has been forced to live a life fraught with war and the ongoing struggle for survival. Balin was killed at the hands of Moria orcs in T.A. share. If no one knows, does anyone have an approximation? Physical description Khazad-dûm In 2989 Balin went to Khazad-dûm (Moria) with a large number of Dwarves from Erebor and set up a Dwarf-colony there. Balin was distantly related to him, and a descendant of the noble house of Durin. Actor Dwalin The hobbit, after unintentionally disturbing the dragon Smaug, returned to the dwarves, but Smaug left his lair and attempted to kill the dwarves before turning to Lake-town, with the intent to destroy it. [5], The Eagles took them to their eyrie, and then to the Carrock, from whence the company traveled to the house of Beorn. Moria is introduced in Tolkien's novel The Hobbit, and is a major scene of action in The Lord of the Rings. He had a younger brother named Dwalin, and was amongst those driven from their homes when Smaug attacked the Lonely Mountain. Chapter 33: Balin, Lord of Moria. During the course of the journey, Balin forms a friendship with the company's burglar, Bilbo Baggins, and often teaches the hobbit about Dwarf culture. Thus he died in the same place as his father, having been self-proclaimed Lord of Moria for less than 5 years. [5] Gandalf decided to introduce the dwarves by pairs so as not to overwhelm Beorn, and Balin and Dwalin were chosen to come first. Gandalf leads the Fellowship into Dwarrowdelf, and Shore's music expresses the sad beauty of the fallen city. Balin was born in Erebor the son of Fundin. After Durin's Bane caused the abandonment of Moria by the Dwarves and its occupation by Orcs of the Misty Mountains, only Thrór and Nár are known to consider entering it. Balin, as he appears in Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' Trilogy [10] The dragon was there slain by Bard, and the dwarves took possession of the mountain. Although he was of royal blood, the colony was too small for a kingdom—thus Balin could only call himself "Lord of Moria". [3], Don Messick voiced Balin in the 1977 animated version of The Hobbit. He first appeared in first film of the prequel series. Four of the Dwarves are confirmed to still be alive … In The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Balin persuades Bard the Bowman to take them safely to Lake-town in return for a huge amount of money (double Bard's usual barge fare), an event that did not occur in the book. [4] With Gandalf's help, the dwarves escaped, and subsequently Balin was posted as a lookout when Bilbo returned, having been separated from the company during their flight. And Balin set up his throne in the battle of Azanulbizar Bilbo used the,! 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