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They had generally better relations with the Elves than their neighbors in Nogrod, and were behind the building of Menegroth. The Dwarves of Belegost were friends to the Sindar and later allies of the Noldor of Beleriand. They first met the Noldor Elves near Mount Rerir and a great friendship began between the two peoples; Maedhros once saved Lord Azaghâl from an Orc-assault. They joined the Union of Maedhros and fought bravely beside each other during the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, where they lost their ruler Lord Azaghâl in battle to the dragon Glaurung.
When the Dwarves of Nogrod assembled a great host of Dwarves to attack Doriath, the Dwarves of Belegost tried to dissuade them from war, but their brethren from Nogrod did not heed their advice. These Dwarves went on to fight in the Battle of the Thousand Caves, and later met their demise the Battle of Sarn Athrad. After this tragedy the Dwarves of Belegost started leaving for Khazad-dûm, for fear of reprisal from the Elves. There was much loathing between Elf and Dwarf from there on.
In smithing, the Dwarves of Belegost were second only to the Dwarves of Nogrod. They learned many secrets in smithing from the Elves, and Elves from them. They created many weapons for the Elves when evil began to stir in Beleriand, and the smiths of Belegost were the first to create linked ring mail.