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Dates
Probably dated back to the foundation of Khazad-dûm in the First Age; Khazad-dûm was deserted in III 1981, but the Bridge survived until its destruction on 15 January III 3019
Location
At the eastern end of the Second Hall of Khazad-dûm, guarding the way down from the First Hall and the East-gate
Origins
Apparently built by Durin the Deathless1
Race
Division
Culture
Family
Part of the domain of the House of Durin
Settlements
Within Khazad-dûm, later called Moria
Pronunciation
Khazad-dûm is pronounced 'kha'zad doo'm'2
Meaning
Khazad-dûm means 'Dwarf-mansions'
Other names

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Bridge of Khazad-dûm

The entranceway to the Second Hall

A visitor entering Khazad-dûm through its eastern gate would find themselves in its First Hall, and from there pass along a broad passage, and then down a flight of steps into the Second Hall. In this Second Hall the Dwarves had created a last defence against invaders: a narrow stone span across an unfathomly deep chasm. Though a formidable defence, this Bridge was not impassable: when Balin and his companions re-entered Moria in III 2989, they succeeded in capturing the Second Hall from the force of Orcs that held it. (We're not told how they managed this feat; presumably, knowing the layout of the city, they had brought equipment to help them cross the chasm).

Most famously, the Bridge was the site of Gandalf's encounter with the Balrog of Moria on 15 January III 3019. In the battle that followed, the Bridge was broken, and the First Hall was left isolated from the rest of Khazad-dûm.


Notes

1

The Bridge of Khazad-dûm is otherwise known as Durin's Bridge, which implies that it was constructed by Durin the Deathless, the founder of Khazad-dûm. The fact that it was integral to the defences behind the East-gate and the First Hall also tends to support the idea of an early date of construction. Alternatively, it might in principle have been a later addition that was simply given the famous Durin's name, or it might have been the work one of Durin's descendants who also carried the same name, but on balance the Bridge seems more likely to have dated back to the earliest days of Khazad-dûm.

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