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Balin's Quest For Moria


Feb 24 2013, 4:59pm

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Balin's Quest For Moria Can't Post

One of the things that bugs me in FOTR is how they changed the story of Balin's expedition to Moria. in the books no one knows what happened to him they have their guesses but no one truly knows, In the movies Gimli (and I'm gonna assume other dwarves) seems to believe that Balin and his men retook Moria for some reason. Am I missing something is there any particular reason why they did this? Maybe they'll mention it in The Hobbit


Feb 24 2013, 6:06pm

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Gloin knew that Balin (along with Ori and Oin) had entered Moria, and begun to re-build the city:

"That was nigh on thirty years ago. For a while we had news and it seemed good: messages
reported that Moria had been entered and a great work begun there. Then there was silence, and no
word has ever come from Moria since."

I assume they had guessed their fate, since they hadn't heard anything from them in years. The message they get in the middle of the night might also suggest that Moria had been re-taken by Sauron/Orcs.

Maybe the error is Gimli completely believing the Moria colony was alive and kicking (in the film).


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