"A king he was on carven throne
In many-pillared halls of stone
With golden roof and silver floor,
And runes of power upon the door.
The light of sun and star and moon
In shining lamps of crystal hewn
Undimmed by cloud or shade or night
There shone for ever fair and bright"
Balin has set up his seat in the Chamber of Mazarbul, the Chamber of Records, where the colony gathered gold, relics and knowledge; many runes were carved to the Chamber's walls and the history of Khazad-Dúm was studied. Dwarves explored deeper and further to the Halls, and slowly, mining started. Balin also sent messengers to the Lonely Mountain.
For many years, everything went well and Balin's Kingdom prospered...
...But their presence was not unnoticed; it stirred up the Durin's Bane that lurked in the depths of Moria.
Graphite pencil work, 6 hours. Contrasts etc edited after scanning. My intention was to create a mood of "old, nice memory" with this, as this is the last illustration describing this peaceful time in Moria.
Fifth illustration to my "Balin, Lord of Moria" -serie.