They were come to the Desolation of the Dragon, and they were come at the waning of the year.
It was thus that in eleven days from the ruin of the town the head of their host passed the rock-gates at the end of the lake and came into the desolate lands.
Very great indeed was the commotion among all things with wings that dwelt on the borders of the Desolation of the Dragon.
We would see peace once more among dwarves and men and elves after the long desolation; but it may cost you dear in gold.
Bard had rebuilt the town in Dale and men had gathered to him from the Lake and from South and West, and all the valley had become tilled again and rich, and the desolation was now filled with birds and blossoms in spring and fruit and feasting in autumn.
Let us follow Balm’s path!" Under the rocky wall to the right there was no path, so on they trudged among the stones on the left side of the river, and the emptiness and desolation soon sobered even Thorin again.