"The great war fought between dwarves and orcs climaxed in T.A. 2799, when a final battle was fought in the valley outside the eastern gates of Moria, the Battle of Nanduhirion, or Azanulbizar as the Dwarves called it.
For nine years dwarves hunted for Azog in every den under mountain. At last all the orcs that had fled before them were gathered in Moria, and the dwarf-host in pursuit came to Azanulbizar. That was a great vale that lay between the arms of the mountains about the lake of Kheled-zaram, and had of old been a part of the kingdom of Khazad-dum. When the dwarves saw the gate of their ancient mansions upon the hill-side they sent up a great shout like thunder in the valley. But a great host of foes was arrayed on the slopes above them, and out of the gates poured a multitude of orcs that had been held back by Azog for the last need.
So began the Battle of Azanulbizar, at the memory of which the orcs still shudder and the dwarves weep."
Pen & Ink work, about 10 hours. This was great fun to do. Third illustration to my "war of the dwarves and orcs" - serie.