One of the twelve dwarves who accompanied Thorin on the quest for
Smaug's treasure, Balin survived the Battle of the Five Armies,
and later visited Bilbo in Hobbiton. Sometime between the end of
the Quest of Erebor, and the beginning of the War of the Ring, Balin
led an expedition to Moria to attempt to recolonize it. It was unsuccessful
and all the Dwarves died.
The Lord of the Rings
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