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Jan 27, The name The Bridge of Khazad-dûm refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see The Bridge of. was living at Bag End - I don't know why as Balin left for Moria in the same year that Frodo moved . What exactly was the relationship between the two? Friends . Khazad-dûm, also commonly known as Moria or the Dwarrowdelf, was an by the end of the Third Age—broken, cracked and faded—the influence of Durin I, the wonders of Dwarvish architecture were built in Khazad-dûm: Durin's Bridge , to the west of Khazad-dûm around the year , friendly relations between the.
Pippin tore them down. An author cannot of course remain wholly unaffected by his experience, but the ways in which a story-germ uses the soil of experience are extremely complex, and attempts to define the process are at best guesses from evidence that is inadequate and ambiguous. It is an essential part of the plot, foreseen from the outset, though in the event modified by the character of Saruman as developed in the story without, need I say, any allegorical significance or contemporary political reference whatsoever.
It has indeed some basis in experience, though slender for the economic situation was entirely differentand much further back. And, given the rural isolation of the Shire, it would have essentially nothing to say about any modern political economy.
The Bridge of Khazad-dûm
You know how I went for a Sheriff seven year ago, before any of this began. Gave me a chance of walking around the country and seeing folk, and hearing the news, and knowing where the good beer was. Meaning, for Tolkien, is rooted in the personal. And evil is rooted less in any sort of politics than in general acts of spite Saruman and weakness Lotho, to start with, then many others. It demonstrates that the pain and violence that wracked Middle-earth has not spared the Shire, and that the establishment of a prosperous Fourth Age will be a long, difficult endeavor.
And it also demonstrates, on a personal level, what this means for Frodo and Sam, Merry and Pippin.
The new Sandyman mill is the starkest example: They saw the new mill in all its frowning and dirty ugliness: All along the Bywater Road every tree had been felled… All the chestnuts were gone. The banks and hedgerows were broken. Great wagons were standing in disorder in a field beaten bare of grass. Bagshot Row was a yawning sand and gravel quarry. Bag End up beyond could not be seen for a clutter of large huts. A better future requires constant vigilance and kindness. From the start, they are almost startlingly confident.
They break through the gate, immediately dispatch with Bill Ferny, and constantly laugh at the makeshift authority figures who try to run rampant over their home or stand in their way.
Even as they approach Hobbiton and the scale of the problem becomes apparent, the hobbits laugh less but never seem in doubt about the outcome. Rather than attempting to use the deterioration of the Shire as a secondary climax which would, by necessity, feel… underwhelmingTolkien simply uses it as a commentary on the difficulties of homecoming after a grand adventure, and a way to confirm how much these characters have changed.
And Merry, most of all, really shines. He even kills the lead ruffian in the final battle. Frodo and Saruman Frodo, of course, feels a bit different.
And this becomes immediately clear with the revelation that Sharkey, the mysterious local boss, is actually Saruman. His explanation for his actions, unsurprisingly, is eloquent, petty, and pitiable.
You thought you had done very well out of it all, and could now just amble back and have a nice quiet time in the country.
The Balrog, The Book, and the Bridge of Khazad-Dûm
Gandalf would look after your affairs. When his tools have done their task he drops them… I have already done much that you will find it hard to mend or undo in your lives. And it will be pleasant to think of that, and set it against my injuries. I thought it a nice touch here that Saruman attempts to undercut Frodo and Company by playing on their fears that they have been callously abandoned to their fate by Gandalf. He is quietly confident, unshakeable in his empathy.
He simply tells the other hobbits that Saruman is to remain untouched. This stood on the borders of Eregion, and "opened out into their country and was chiefly used by them.
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The inscription read, Im Narvi hain echant. Celebrimbor o Eregion teithant i thiw hin: Celebrimbor of Eregion drew these signs.
All of the Dwarrowdelf was originally illuminated by many "shining lamps of crystal",  although the halls of the highest level were also lit with windows and shafts carved through the mountain sides. These levels lay between flights of fifty or more stone steps, with seven hollowed out of the mountains above ground level, and many more subterranean levels—or 'Deeps'—beneath the Great Gates at the head of the Dimrill Dale.
Every level comprised a multitude of arched passages, chambers and many pillared halls, often with "black walls, polished and smooth as glass". Few if any actually ever glimpsed these creatures, and no description of them is extant with the possible exception of the Watcher in the Waterwhich Gandalf suggested may have come from these regions. One important feature of the Dwarrowdelf was the defensive structure known as Durin's Bridge, "a slender bridge of stone, without kerb or rail",  that spanned a fifty foot wide chasm of indeterminate depth, allowing enemy soldiers to cross it only in single file one after anothernot side by side.
Another, steeped in legend, was the Endless Stairwhich ascended "from the lowest dungeon to the highest peak",  where it terminated within Durin's Towercarved from the solid rock at the tip of Zirakzigil.
In TAthey dug too deeply and greedily for Mithril and to their loss they unearthed a nameless terror in the depths beneath the city. This dreadful creature wrought destruction throughout the city wiping out most of the Dwarves and slaying King Durin VI. Thereafter the creature was named Durin's Bane. This was when it was named Moria, the Black Pit. The monster, later revealed as a Balrog of Morgoth, remained alone in Moria for nearly five centuries until it was populated once again, but not by Dwarves.
The Orcs, refugees from the north, began to raid the abandoned city of its treasures and made a decision to occupy it. They came upon the Balrog and began to worship it as their deity.
Mordor started to send out troops of Orcs and Cave Trolls to populate Moria, making an evil place for them to multiply. During the Battle of Azanulbizarmany of these Orcs were felled in the valley beneath the eastern gate of Moria in TAand the numbers were reduced dramatically.