Places in Middle-earth
Mountains of Moria, The
Type: Mountains, Hills, Promontories
Region: Rhovanion/Misty Mtns
Location: Northward the [Dimrill] dale ran up into a glen of shadows between two great arms of the [Misty] mountains, above which three white peaks were shining: Celebdil, Fanuidhol, Caradhras, the Mountains of Moria.
The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 6, Lothlórien
Description: 'I need no map,' said Gimli, who had come up with Legolas, and was gazing out before him with a strange light in his deep eyes. 'There is the land where our fathers worked of old, and we have wrought the image of those mountains into many works of metal and of stone, and into many songs and tales. They stand tall in our dreams: Baraz, Zirak, Shathûr.
'Only once before have I seen them from afar in waking life, but I know them and their names, for under them lies Khazad-dûm, the Dwarrowdelf, that is now called the Black Pit, Moria in the Elvish tongue. Yonder stands Barazinbar, the Redhorn, cruel Caradhras; and beyond him are Silvertine and Cloudyhead: Celebdil the White, and Fanuidhol the Grey, that we call Zirakzigil and Bundushathûr.
'There the Misty Mountains divide, and between their arms lies the deep-shadowed valley which we cannot forget: Azanulbizar, the Dimrill Dale, which the Elves call Nanduhirion.'
'It is for the Dimrill Dale that we are making,' said Gandalf. 'If we climb the pass that is called the Redhorn Gate, under the far side of Caradhras, we shall come down by the Dimrill Stair into the deep vale of the Dwarves. There lies the Mirrormere, and there the River Silverlode rises in its icy springs.'
The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 3, The Ring Goes South
Contributors: Elena Tiriel 4Jul04