- "Their feet disturbed a deep dust upon the floor, and stumbled among things lying in the doorway whose shapes they could not at first make out. The chamber was lit by a wide shaft high in the further eastern wall; it slanted upwards and, far above, a small square patch of blue sky could be seen. The light of the shaft fell directly on a table in the middle of the room: a single oblong block, about two feet high, upon which was laid a great slab of white stone. 'It looks like a tomb,' muttered Frodo..."
- —The Fellowship of the Ring
Upon the tomb, the words were inscribed in cirth runes (rendered in Khuzdul) saying:
BALIN SON OF FUNDIN
LORD OF MORIA