5. Family Ties
While taking a route around the mountains, Gimli suggests taking a shortcut through the Mines of Moria and that his cousin Balin would give them a royal welcome. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Balin is one of the 13 dwarves from The Hobbit. Unfortunately, he has been slain by goblins by the time we see him again – or at least his tomb. And he’s not the only one to ‘posthumously’ been seen again. The skeleton that Gandalf takes the book from, depicting the end of Moria, is that of Oin, who stuck with Balin through their reign under the mountain.