Book/Source: The Fellowship of the Ring
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Summary: Balin considers the progress of the Khazad-dûm colony. Answering the prompt “Letter.”
To: Dáin, Lord of Erebor, King Under the Mountain
From: Balin, Lord of Khazad-dûm
Cousin, I’ve been remiss. Often I composed missives, yet there was much labor here; I couldn’t spare a messenger to Erebor. I hope to send Náli soon. Exploration complete, I deem it safe to repeople our longfathers’ home. There’s been no recent trouble excepting a small Orc foray, an isolated incident I believe, last month by Mirrormere.
Mirrormere!–wherein I ever crave to look. They insist I not go unaccompanied. Maybe you, being a proud one of Durin’s line, understand why I must go alone…