Balin, son of Fundin, born in 2763, was a valiant
dwarf. At the age of seven he was forced from his home, Erebor,
Smaug the Dragon. He then followed his friend and companion,
Thorin II, through the dreadful war between the Dwarves and Orcs.
After nearly 170 years, Balin and Thorin began their quest to retake Erebor. With the remaining dwarves of Erebor and a hobbit, Balin went to reclaim his lost home. He served as the lookout for their group, and rarely did anything slip by him. Bilbo, the hobbit, slipped by him once, only due to the fact that he was invisible at the time.
After retaking Erebor, in 2941, Balin settled into a peaceful life in Erebor, serving Dain, the new King.
As time progressed though, Balin took heed of whispers of retaking Moria. Soon he pledged to reclaim Khazad-Dum, the lost dwarven colony. Taking Floi and Oin and many more dwarves, he arrived, and conquered, Moria in 2989. But, after only a five year reign, he was shot by an orc's arrow, near Mirrormere in 2994. Soon after, Balin's Colony was destroyed.
Balin's tombstone lies deep under Moria, and inscribed on it are the words:
BALIN SON OF FUNDIN,
LORD OF MORIA
Image collection: Artist The Bohemian Weasel aka Soni Alcorn-Hender. Glittering Caves of Aglarond.
Image: "Balin's Tomb". Artist Steven White Jr. Rolozo Tolkien page