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Dates
Made during the reign of Durin III, at some point between II 750 and II 16971
Location
The western entrance to Khazad-dûm
Origins
Designed by Celebrimbor and created by Narvi
Race
Division
Culture
Family
Settlements
Outflow
The Sirannon rose near these Doors
Important peaks
Zirakzigil (Celebdil) rose above the Doors
Pronunciation
Durin is pronounced 'doo'rin'
Meaning
Durin seems to mean 'sleeper'
Other names
Note
The 'Durin' referred to here is not Durin the Deathless, founder of Khazad-dûm, but Durin III, who was its King at the time the Doors were made

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Map showing the location of the Doors of Durin

The enchanted doors that guarded the western entrance to Khazad-dûm. They were made by Narvi in the Second Age, and Celebrimbor himself traced signs on the doors in ithildin. The gateway would normally stand open during the years of friendship between Khazad-dûm and Celebrimbor's people in Eregion, to the west. When they were closed they could be opened again by speaking a single word, 'mellon' - the Elvish for 'friend'.


Notes

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These are the dates when the realm of Eregion existed to the west of Khazad-dûm. We know the Doors were designed by Celebrimbor of that realm, so they must have been constructed during this period. Since Khazad-dûm had stood since the First Age, it is possible (and indeed likely) that these Doors replaced an earlier entranceway into the mountain kingdom.

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