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Dates
Built at the same time as Khazad-dûm, during the First Age1
Location
At the head of the valley of Nanduhirion
Origins
Created by Durin the Deathless and the builders of Khazad-dûm
Race
Division
Culture
Family
Settlements
Khazad-dûm, later called Moria
Pronunciation
Moria is pronounced 'mo'ria'
Meaning
Moria means the 'Black Chasm'
Other names

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East-gate of Moria

The eastern entrance to old Khazad-dûm

Map of the East-gate of Moria

The eastern entrance to the ancient Dwarf-kingdom of Khazad-dûm, standing at the head of the valley of Nanduhirion (Azanulbizar in the Dwarvish tongue).


Notes

1

We have almost no specific information about the building of Khazad-dûm, but we do know that Durin began its building after viewing a crown of stars in the Mirrormere. That lake lay below the mountainside where the East-gate stood, so presumably Khazad-dûm's eastern entrance was one of the oldest parts of the entire underground city.

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