It was in the days where there was still enmity between dwarrowkind and elves and the ones I will tell you about came before the times of Gimli elf-friend, who laid the first stone in an attempt to cross the chasm between our folks.
The Line of Durin, though plagued by madness and grief, was strong in those days, with two healthy heirs in the king’s family and numerous close kin. The king was burdened with many sorrows in exile despite the joy his nephews brought him and his strength was that of a tree that is constantly whipped by the wind, bending but never breaking. It is said that he had the mightiest of warriors at his side at all times, a dwarrow so tall that he even rivalled the king’s height. He was the king’s shadow, solid as a rock and steady as a mountain. Some say that he was the one keeping the darkness in his king’s mind at bay, shielding him from the blows of fate, never waving in his loyalty during even the greatest of dangers. Others say his company was but one of many reasons that the king ruled for so many years and led our people to prosperity again.
No matter the truth, they regained the mountain with the help of their loyal company, a wizard and a halfling, as the story is told in greater detail elsewhere. But the king fell when they fought against the evil seeking to take hold of the lands and with him those that had been the future of his line. They still lie in the heart of the mountain, guarding it until the world will be remade. And although his heart was broken, the warrior who had been by his king’s side for all his life stayed where the king had meant to rule, making it his duty to defend the mountain against every foe. He saw three kings die and yet the strokes of his axes and strength of his arms were mighty until he died, having lived almost twice the time of him who he had meant to protect.
They say there has never been a finer day in the Halls of Waiting when the Maker finally called him and he was reunited with his king once more; and surely, during the battle of all battles, he will stand beside him again and together they will help lay waste to all evil in the world.
(Source: heartoferebor, via theheirsofdurin)