The Lord of the Rings Middle Earth Places: Moria
Balin's Tomb: Tomb of the last Lord of Moria
Bridge of Khazad-dûm: Place where Gandalf and the Balrog fall.
Dimrill Dale: Lies on the eastern side of the Misty Mountains just outside Moria.
Dwarrowdelf: Ancient city of the Dwarves.
Hollin Gate: Western entrance to Moria
Moria is the home of an ancient Dwarven mithril mine. The Dwarves mined too deeply under the mountains and awakened a great evil. The king was killed and the Dwarves fled. Moria was then left abandoned to Orcs and other evil creatures for a thousand years. Following his adventure to the Lonely Mountain with Bilbo, Balin, son of Fundin, returned to Moria in an attempt to revive the Dwarven colony there. However, the colony only lasted five years.
Because Saruman's realm Isengard lies to the south, the Fellowship is forced to travel through Moria in order to avoid detection. At the Hollin Gate, the Fellowship encounters the Watcher in the Water, which then traps them in Moria. They discover the tragic end of Balin and the Dwarven colony before fighting off Orcs. Lastly, they escape out to Dimrill Dale, but not before Gandalf falls with the Balrog at the Bridge of Khazad-dûm.
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