"The battle of Nanduhirion started on a dark day of cold winter with no sun to bother the orcs. Enemy had the high ground at the head of the valley, and greater numbers, reinforced by Azog's troops from Moria; battle initially went against dwarves.
The first vanguard led by King Thraín assaulted the slopes but were driven back with loss, into a forest near the Mirrormere. In the forest dwarves fought desperately against orcs, and many dwarven lords were slain and Thraín himself was wounded. Elsewhere, the battle swayed to and fro, and both sides suffered heavy casualties.
The tide was only turned when a last contingent of fresh warriors from the Iron Hills, led by Náin son of Grór, arrived to reinforce the wavering Dwarves."
Drawing ink & graphite pencil work. "Prelude" to the arrival of Náin and his troops from Iron Hills. Fourth illustration to my "war of the dwarves and orcs" - serie.