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Azanulbizar was the Dwarves' name for a valley between two arms of the Misty Mountains, called Nanduhirion by the Elves and the Dimrill Dale by Men.


The etymology of the word has two alternative interpretations: it is either Azanul+bizar or Azan+ûl+bizar.

Tolkien stated that "the Common Speech form is an accurate translation: the valley of the dim (overshadowed) rills that ran down the mountainside"[1]. In another point it is given as "Vale of Dim Streams" with three elements[2]. Tolkien experimented with various interpretations of the different elements, though the whole was to somehow express "Dimrill Dale".


  1. A Tolkien Compass p. 182
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Return of the Shadow p. 466