"The Bridge of Khazad-dûm was a narrow stone bridge crossing a chasm within the eastern gates of the Dwarf-city of Khazad-dûm. It was intended for defensive purposes — enemies who breached the outer defenses would be forced to cross a span of about fifty feet in single file. The depth of the chasm was incredible and the ceiling was high; on the outer side of the bridge was a flight of stairs leading to the exit, through the First Hall and the Great Gates of Moria.
This mighty defence was now the only hope for Balin's expedition; no other defence had delayed enemy's movement enough after the Great Gate was breached. Still, the defenders were too few in numbers, and the secrets of old defence mechanisms long forgotten. With strength of numbers Orcs forced their way onwards, and over that narrow bridge. Few determined defenders, Frár, Lóni and Náli, tried to hold the Bridge and buy some time when others retreated to the Second Hall, and towards the Chamber of Mazarbul. All three fell fighting bravely.
Orcs had now captured the Bridge, and halls next to it, and dwarves had suffered many casualties. In desperation Óin gathered a small group and went towards West, hoping to find a way out; for the expedition was now trapped as only way out was behind enemy lines.
Drawing ink + graphite pencil work. Took about 6 hours. Those "pillars" of light might look odd, but well, it's just my style. It's very tricky to imagine how light from many channels look in a huge cave.
Ninth illustration to my "Balin, Lord of Moria" -serie. I don't know if I'm going to illustrate "Balin's funeral" next, or skip straight to the "Watcher in the Water". Latter one will be an interesting project, and the Chamber of Mazarbul with Balin's tomb will act as a scenery for two illustrations anyways.