In the Chamber of Mazarbul survivors of the colony spent their last moments. After four dwarves returned from the West-gate both doors in the Chamber were closed and barricaded. Only a few dwarf had survived during these long days; not enough to defend both of the doors.
The history of the Balin's expedition was written down to a book, and so was its fate. Ori added the last pages. He wrote both well and quickly in large, bold hand using an Elvish script, and his beautiful handwriting was used to write down sad things. To the last page he wrote;
"We cannot get out. We cannot get out. They have taken the bridge and Second Hall. Frár and Lóni and Náli fell there bravely while the rest retreated to the Chamber of Mazarbul. Óin’s party went five days ago but today only four returned. The pool is up to the wall at West-gate. The Watcher in the Water took Óin ---
We cannot get out. The end comes soon. We hear drums, drums in the deep."
A moment before it was all over, he wrote a trailing scrawl of elf-letters;
"They are coming."
Drawing ink + graphite pencil work, made in 3 hours.
Eleventh illustration to my "Balin, Lord of Moria" -serie.