Hello to all (first post). I have read the LOTR and Hobbit, but that was several years ago, so my memory is a little fuzzy. ( I loved the movies btw). Anyways, onto my question....I understand that Gimli was sent to represent the Dwarves at the Council of Elrond, but where were they otherwise? If Gimli was ignorant of the fact Balin was dead in Moria and there was no other mention of dwarves participating in some other manner, where are the current strongholds of the Dwarf people and is there a specific reason why we don't see more of this race? Thank you for any responses. Cheers!