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[[Image:fotr1078.jpg|250px|thumb|The Chamber of Mazarbul in [[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]].]]
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[[File:The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring - Chamber of Mazarbul2.jpg|250px|thumb|The Chamber of Mazarbul in [[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]].]]
  
The '''Chamber of Mazarbul''' was the old [[Chamber of Records]] of [[Khazad-dûm]]. Probably built during the earlier years of Khazad-dûm, it was later used as a base by [[Balin]] when he began his ill-fated attempt at recolonization in the late [[Third Age]].
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The '''Chamber of Mazarbul''' was the old chamber of records of [[Moria|Khazad-dûm]]. Probably built during the earlier years of Khazad-dûm, it was later used as a base by [[Balin]] when he began his ill-fated attempt at recolonization in the late [[Third Age]].
  
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==History==
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[[File:Angus McBride - Moria.jpg|250px|thumb|left|[[Angus McBride]] - ''Moria'']]
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The chamber itself was probably built at around the same time as the [[Twenty-first Hall]] in the Seventh Level. This would have been slightly later than the earliest Dwarven delvings, which were to be found in the lower levels near the [[Great Gates]].
  
==Etymology==
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In {{TA|2989}}, Balin led a group of Dwarves to recolonize [[Moria]]. Balin chose the Twenty-first Hall as his headquarters and set up his seat in the Chamber of Mazarbul.  
Mazarbul means "records" in [[Khuzdul]]. This name was used in connection with the Chamber of Records of Khazad-dûm and the [[Book of Mazarbul|Book of Records]] found in that chamber.
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==The Books==
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When Balin was killed a few years later, he was laid to rest in a [[Balin's Tomb|tomb]] inside the chamber. It was there where the last remnants of the colony perished.
[[Image:Sdla01mcmoria.jpg|250px|thumb|left|Illustration of the skirmish between the Fellowship and the hordes of Moria in the Chamber of Mazarbul, by Angus McBridge ([[Iron Crown Enterprises]]).]]
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===History===
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The [[Fellowship of the Ring|Fellowship]] found the chamber thirty years after Balin came to Moria and it was here that Gandalf found the [[Book of Mazarbul]], a record of Balin's recolonization efforts.  
The chamber itself was probably built at around the same time as the [[Twenty-first Hall]]. This would have been slightly later than the earliest Dwarven delvings, which were to be found in the lower levels near the [[Great Gate of Moria|Great Gate]]. In Third Age 2989, Balin led a group of Dwarves to recolonize [[Moria]]. Balin chose the Twenty-first Hall as his headquarters and set up his seat in the Chamber of Mazarbul. When Balin was killed a few years later, he was laid to rest in a tomb inside the chamber. The [[Fellowship of the Ring|Fellowship]] found the chamber thirty years after Balin came to Moria and it was here that Gandalf found the [[Book of Mazarbul]], a record of Balin's recolonization efforts. It was in the Chamber of Mazarbul that the Fellowship engaged in a brief fight with a band of Moria orcs and a [[Cave-trolls|Cave-troll]] and where [[Gandalf]] made his first stand against the [[Balrogs|Balrog]] (see [[Battle of the Chamber of Mazarbul]]).
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===Geography & Appearance===
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It was in the Chamber of Mazarbul that the Fellowship engaged in a [[Battle of the Chamber of Mazarbul|brief fight]] with a band of orcs and a [[Cave-trolls|Cave-troll]]. They retreated through the east door and [[Gandalf]] attempted to guard it against the [[Durin's Bane|Balrog]]. The roof of the Chamber collapsed then.
The chamber was located to the right of a pathway that branched off the north end of the Twenty-first hall. When the Fellowship found the chamber as they passed through Moria, [[Balin's Tomb]] was located inside it, and a bright shaft of sunlight streamed in from outside the mountain to land directly on the tomb. It is not clear whether the shaft was an original feature of the chamber or whether it was added later by Balin's group of dwarves. It seems more likely that it had been an original part of the chamber construction. There were two stone doors leading into the chamber (one entrance from the Twenty-first Hall, one from the [[Stairs of Khazad-dûm|stair tunnels]] that the Fellowship later used to flee the Balrog). Many deep recesses were cut into the chamber rock containing chests that had been recently looted by the [[Orcs]] inhabiting Moria. A deep dust had fallen upon the entire room by the time the Fellowship entered it, and the remains of a long-abandoned battle site were to be seen strewn across the floor.
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===References===
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==Geography and appearance==
[[The Lord of the Rings]]: [[The Fellowship of the Ring]] Book II: Chapter 4: [[A Journey in the Dark]] and Chapter 5: [[The Bridge of Khazad-dûm]]
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The chamber was located to the right of a pathway that branched off the north end of the Twenty-first hall. When the Fellowship found the chamber as they passed through Moria, [[Balin's Tomb]] was located inside it, and a bright shaft of sunlight streamed in from outside the mountain to land directly on the tomb.
  
==The Films==
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There were two stone doors leading into the chamber (one entrance from the Twenty-first Hall, one from the stair tunnels that the Fellowship later used to flee the Balrog). Many deep recesses were cut into the chamber rock containing chests that had been recently looted by the [[Orcs]] inhabiting Moria. A deep dust had fallen upon the entire room by the time the Fellowship entered it, and the remains of a long-abandoned battle site were to be seen strewn across the floor.
  
[[Image:fotr1086.jpg|250px|thumb|The Chamber of Mazarbul in [[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]].]]
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==Etymology==
 
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''[[Mazarbul (word)|Mazarbul]]'' means "records" in [[Khuzdul]]. This name was used in connection with the Chamber of Records of Khazad-dûm and the [[Book of Mazarbul|Book of Records]] found in that chamber.
===Appearances===
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* [[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]], [[Scene 35: Balin's Tomb]] and [[Scene 36: The Bridge of Khazad-dûm]]
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===Portrayal===
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In Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring, the Chamber of Mazarbul is presented much as it is described in the books, with a few notable exceptions.
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* First, its geography has been slightly altered. It is placed in the center of the Twenty-first Hall, rather than on the right of a corridor running off the hall to the north.
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* Second, there is only one proper doorway leading into the chamber, rather than the two described in the book. This door is also made of wood in the film, rather than stone.
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These alterations are likely the result of geographical simplification and enhancement of geographical drama. Placing the chamber in the center of the Twenty-first Hall gives it greater prominance and significance and provides a less cumbersome position than that of the book. The elimination of one of the doorways allows the chamber to take on an even more unique design than that found in the book (while, again, simplifying it for dramatic purposes). Changing the door material to wood makes it easier for the door to be opened and closed.
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* A well is also introduced into the layout, directly below the shaft of light. This well was found in the [[Moria Guardroom|guardroom]] of the [[Moria Crossroads]] in the book, but was transplanted here to serve greater dramatic purpose. (A well may also exist in the guardroom of the Moria in the films, however.)
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The design of the chamber follows the general [[Dwarven design]] ideology employed by the filmmakers for all of the Moria sets.
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==Portrayal in adaptations==
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[[File:The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring - Chamber of Mazarbul3.jpg|250px|thumb|The Chamber of Mazarbul in [[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]].]]
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'''2001: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]'':'''
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:In Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring ([[Scene 35: Balin's Tomb]] and [[Scene 36: The Bridge of Khazad-dûm]]), the Chamber of Mazarbul is presented much as it is described in the books, with a few notable exceptions.
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:* It is placed in the center of the Twenty-first Hall, rather than on the right of a corridor running off the hall to the north.
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:* There is only one proper door explicitly shown leading into the chamber, rather than the two described in the book. This door is also made of wood in the film, rather than stone. There is, however, one smashed doorway out of the back of the chamber, with the window illuminating Balin's tomb above it, which the Fellowship flee out of.
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:* A well is also introduced into the layout, directly below the shaft of light. This well was found in the guardroom of the Crossroads in the book, but was transplanted here to serve greater dramatic purpose.
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===The Mazarbul Chamber Wall Runes===
 
===The Mazarbul Chamber Wall Runes===
  
In the film, the walls of the chamber are covered in runes (seemingly [[Angerthas Moria]]). These runes detail the history of Moria from its foundation by [[Durin I|Durin]] to the [[Battle of Azanulbizar]]. From the rune translations, it is clear that the authors were the [[Dwarves]] led by Balin during the recolonization of Moria.
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In the film, the walls of the chamber are covered in runes (seemingly [[Angerthas Moria]]). These runes detail the history of Moria from its foundation by [[Durin]] to the [[Battle of Azanulbizar]]. From the rune translations, it is clear that the authors were the [[Dwarves]] led by Balin during the recolonization of Moria.
 
The larger text is [[Khuzdul]], the smaller text is in the [[Westron|Common Speech]] (English). The rune histories were probably written for both [[Dwarvish]] and foreign readers. Notable peculiarities have appeared in translations of this text. It is not clear whether this was deliberate on the part of the filmmakers.
 
The larger text is [[Khuzdul]], the smaller text is in the [[Westron|Common Speech]] (English). The rune histories were probably written for both [[Dwarvish]] and foreign readers. Notable peculiarities have appeared in translations of this text. It is not clear whether this was deliberate on the part of the filmmakers.
 
* Khuzdul phrases appear in the midst of the English text and peculiar spellings of certain words and irregular constructions of some phrases exist.
 
* Khuzdul phrases appear in the midst of the English text and peculiar spellings of certain words and irregular constructions of some phrases exist.
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* "The great Battle of Gundabad and Gladden; remember the Dead."
 
* "The great Battle of Gundabad and Gladden; remember the Dead."
[[Image:LOTR-EN11233.jpg|200px|thumb|The Chamber of Mazarbul in [[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]].]](from Khuzdul: "Gabil Azgâr Gundabadul & Ningulul; Mernak Mabazgân.")
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[[File:The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring - Chamber of Mazarbul.jpg|200px|thumb|The Chamber of Mazarbul in [[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]].]](from Khuzdul: "Gabil Azgâr Gundabadul & Ningulul; Mernak Mabazgân.")
  
 
* "(The) mines of Barazinbar."
 
* "(The) mines of Barazinbar."
 
(from Khuzdul: "Ganâd Barazinbarul".)
 
(from Khuzdul: "Ganâd Barazinbarul".)
  
* "(The) battle of Azanulbizar." [[Image:Moria_wall_a.jpg|200px|thumb|A portion of the Mazarbul wall runes.]]
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* "(The) battle of Azanulbizar."  
 
(from Khuzdul: "Azgâr Azanulbizarul".)
 
(from Khuzdul: "Azgâr Azanulbizarul".)
  
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ENGLISH PHRASES
 
ENGLISH PHRASES
  
* "...of Nogrod and Belegost year sixteen..." [[Image:casaloma.jpg|200px|thumb|A portion of the Mazarbul wall runes from the Casa Loma Exhibition.]]
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* "...of Nogrod and Belegost year sixteen..."  
 
* "...watch tower established at highest peak..."
 
* "...watch tower established at highest peak..."
  
 
* "...of Zirakzigil with star from Thirtieth Hall ..."
 
* "...of Zirakzigil with star from Thirtieth Hall ..."
  
* "...Second {{ref|1}} Age five hundred of the..."
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* "...Second<ref group="note">S-E-CH-O-N-D…possible variant rune usage.</ref> Age five hundred of the..."
  
 
* "...fathoms gold smelter built..."
 
* "...fathoms gold smelter built..."
  
* "...the establishment {{ref|2}} of Moria below..."
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* "...the establishment<ref group="note">E-S-T-B-L-I-S-H-M-E-N-T…possible variant emphasis from alternate word construction.</ref> of Moria below..."
  
 
* "...in return for silver and cloth and lumber..."
 
* "...in return for silver and cloth and lumber..."
  
* "...established {{ref|3}} and the Dimrill {{ref|4}} Stair..."
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* "...established<ref group="note">E-O-T-A-B-L-I-S-H-Y-D…possible variant emphasis from alternate word construction.</ref> and the Dimrill<ref group="note">D-I-M-R-I-L…possible variant word construction or rune usage.</ref> Stair..."
  
* "...of Kheled-zâram {{ref|5}} and Fundin slain..."
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* "...of Kheled-zâram<ref group="note">K-I-E-L-E-D-Z-A-R-A-M…possible variant emphasis from alternate word construction.</ref> and Fundin slain..."
  
* "...of Durin of Ered Luin {{ref|6}} settle in the..."
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* "...of Durin of Ered Luin<ref group="note">E-N-E-D---L-U-I-N…possible variant word construction or rune usage.</ref> settle in the..."
  
 
* "...one thousand and twenty news of fall..."
 
* "...one thousand and twenty news of fall..."
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* "...forces of Sauron's army gates to Moria..."
 
* "...forces of Sauron's army gates to Moria..."
  
* "...service {{ref|7}} of Lorien elves(') trade..."
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* "...service<ref group="note">S-E-R-V-I-CH-E…possible variant rune usage.</ref> of Lorien elves(') trade..."
  
* "...second {{ref|8}} level shaft sunk to forty..."
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* "...second<ref group="note">D-E-CH-O-N-D…possible variant word construction and/or rune usage; variant emphasis also possible.</ref> level shaft sunk to forty..."
  
* "...year seventy-two {{ref|9}} Great Gate..."
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* "...year seventy-two<ref group="note">S-E-V-E-N-T-A---T-W-O…possible variant word construction or rune usage.</ref> Great Gate..."
  
 
* "...Zirakzigil in year forty of the..."
 
* "...Zirakzigil in year forty of the..."
  
* "...caves {{ref|10}} above Kheled-zâram {{ref|11}} great rices..."
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* "...caves<ref group="note">CH-A-V-E-S…possible variant rune usage.</ref> above Kheled-zâram<ref group="note">K-H-E-L-E-D---Z-A-R-M…possible variant emphasis from alternate word construction.</ref> great rices..."
  
 
* "...in seams to east of Durin's door..."
 
* "...in seams to east of Durin's door..."
  
* "...growth of trade to western {{ref|12}} gate year..."
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* "...growth of trade to western<ref group="note">W-E-S-T-R-N…possible variant word construction or rune usage.</ref> gate year..."
  
* "...ninety-seven {{ref|13}} Eregion laid waste by billions..."
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* "...ninety-seven<ref group="note">N-I-N-T-Y---S-E-V-E-N…possible variant word construction or rune usage.</ref> Eregion laid waste by billions..."
  
* "...of Eregion founded by Noldor {{ref|14}} bring..."
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* "...of Eregion founded by Noldor<ref group="note">N-O-L-D-O-N…possible variant word construction or rune usage.</ref> bring..."
  
* "...shut against hordes and continuous {{ref|15}} attacks..."
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* "...shut against hordes and continuous<ref group="note">A-G-A-I-N-T-S-O-R-D-E-S---&---G-O-N-T-I-N-U-O-U-S…possible variant phrase and/or word construction and/or rune usage.</ref> attacks..."
  
* "...year seven {{ref|16}} hundred and fifty..."
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* "...year seven <ref group="note">S-E-V-N…possible variant word construction or rune usage</ref> hundred and fifty..."
  
 
* "...made in New Zealand. Dragon..."
 
* "...made in New Zealand. Dragon..."
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====Translation Notes====
 
====Translation Notes====
 
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#{{note|1}} S-E-CH-O-N-D…possible variant rune usage.
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#{{note|2}} E-S-T-B-L-I-S-H-M-E-N-T…possible variant emphasis from alternate word construction.
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#{{note|3}} E-O-T-A-B-L-I-S-H-Y-D…possible variant emphasis from alternate word construction.
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#{{note|4}} D-I-M-R-I-L…possible variant word construction or rune usage.
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#{{note|5}} K-I-E-L-E-D-Z-A-R-A-M…possible variant emphasis from alternate word construction.
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#{{note|6}} E-N-E-D---L-U-I-N…possible variant word construction or rune usage.
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#{{note|7}} S-E-R-V-I-CH-E…possible variant rune usage.
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#{{note|8}} D-E-CH-O-N-D…possible variant word construction and/or rune usage; variant emphasis also possible.
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#{{note|9}} S-E-V-E-N-T-A---T-W-O…possible variant word construction or rune usage.
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#{{note|10}} CH-A-V-E-S…possible variant rune usage.
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#{{note|11}} K-H-E-L-E-D---Z-A-R-M…possible variant emphasis from alternate word construction.
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#{{note|12}} W-E-S-T-R-N…possible variant word construction or rune usage.
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#{{note|13}} N-I-N-T-Y---S-E-V-E-N…possible variant word construction or rune usage.
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#{{note|14}} N-O-L-D-O-N…possible variant word construction or rune usage.
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#{{note|15}} A-G-A-I-N-T-S-O-R-D-E-S---&---G-O-N-T-I-N-U-O-U-S…possible variant phrase and/or word construction and/or rune usage.
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#{{note|16}} S-E-V-N…possible variant word construction or rune usage
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====References====
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*[http://www.elvish.org/gwaith/movie.htm Fellowship of the Word-smiths: Other Movie Inscriptions] - A web page discussing many inscriptions from the movies, including those found on the Mazarbul walls.
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*[http://home.planet.nl/~raas0056/mazarbul/ Mazarbul Wall Inscriptions Analysis] - A web site discussing the transcription of the Mazarbul wall runes from screen to page.
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*[http://www.geocities.com/shire_society/mazarbul_analysis.html Mazarbul Wall Rune Analysis (English Only)] A detailed analysis of the English Mazarbul wall rune text.
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====The Use of English====
 
====The Use of English====
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===Behind the Scenes===
 
===Behind the Scenes===
  
[[Image:Mazarbul_concept.jpg|250px|thumb|left|Concept illustration of the Chamber of Mazarbul by [[Alan Lee]].]]
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[[File:Alan Lee - Chamber of Mazarbul concept.jpg|250px|thumb|left|[[Alan Lee]] - ''Concept illustration of the Chamber of Mazarbul'']]
  
 
The Chamber of Mazarbul was commonly referred to by the filmmakers as "Balin's Tomb" (as it was, more specifically, the site of said tomb).
 
The Chamber of Mazarbul was commonly referred to by the filmmakers as "Balin's Tomb" (as it was, more specifically, the site of said tomb).
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Grant Major authored the English text that would be carved in runes onto the chamber walls by carefully scoring the books for information about Moria's history. His findings were transcribed into the runes that adorn the walls, along with translations of certain sentences into Khuzdul by [[David Salo]].
 
Grant Major authored the English text that would be carved in runes onto the chamber walls by carefully scoring the books for information about Moria's history. His findings were transcribed into the runes that adorn the walls, along with translations of certain sentences into Khuzdul by [[David Salo]].
  
The runes on the chamber walls were the catalyst for one of the biggest fiascoes for the art department during production. A visiting Tolkien scholar claimed to have seen inane comments written on the walls. The art department searched the wall runes carefully but could find no offending sentences. The scholar revealed that he had simply been told this by a member of the crew. Grant Major and [[Dan Hennah]] assumed this was said crew member's idea of a joke. But the scholar later said that he had heard this from a member of the Weta Workshop minatures crew and that the offending comments in fact appeared on the miniature of the Second Hall of Khazad-dûm, though they were unable to be read in the final film and could not be translated using the Dwarvish runes anyway. (See [[Second Hall]]). In truth, no such "inane comments" exist on the Mazarbul Chamber wall runes.
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The runes on the chamber walls were the catalyst for one of the biggest fiascoes for the art department during production. A visiting Tolkien scholar claimed to have seen inane comments written on the walls. The art department searched the wall runes carefully but could find no offending sentences. The scholar revealed that he had simply been told this by a member of the crew. Grant Major and [[Dan Hennah]] assumed this was said crew member's idea of a joke. But the scholar later said that he had heard this from a member of the Weta Workshop minatures crew and that the offending comments in fact appeared on the miniature of the Second Hall of Khazad-dûm, though they were unable to be read in the final film and could not be translated using the Dwarvish runes anyway. (See [[Second Hall]]). In truth, no such "inane comments" exist on the Mazarbul Chamber wall runes. -->
 
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====References====
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* [[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]] [[The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition|Extended Edition DVD]] Audio Commentaries (Scene 35)
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* [[Gary Russell]]'s [[The Art of the Fellowship of the Ring]]: "Moria"
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* Alan Lee's [[The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook]]: "Moria"
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* [http://www.geocities.com/shire_society/mazarbul_incident.html Mazarbul Wall Rune Incident] A detailed analysis of the incident with comments from those involved.
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==Portrayal in Other Adaptations ==
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'''2007: ''[[The Lord of the Rings Online]]'':'''
 
'''2007: ''[[The Lord of the Rings Online]]'':'''
:The Chamber of Mazarbul is the final stand in the battle for the [[Twenty-first Hall]], one of the three battles where the Iron Garrison battle Orcs to drive them out of [[Khazad-dûm]] in [[The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria|Mines of Moria]], Book V: [[Drums in the Deep]].
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:The Chamber of Mazarbul is the final stand in the battle for the [[Twenty-first Hall]], one of the three battles where the Iron Garrison battle Orcs to drive them out of [[Moria|Khazad-dûm]] in [[The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria|Mines of Moria]], Book V: [[Drums in the Deep]].
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
* [[Khazad-dûm]]
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* [[North End]]
 
* [[North End]]
 
* [[Seventh Level]]
 
* [[Seventh Level]]
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* [[Battle of the Chamber of Mazarbul]]
 
* [[Battle of the Chamber of Mazarbul]]
 
* [[Book of Mazarbul]]
 
* [[Book of Mazarbul]]
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==References==
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* [[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (extended edition)|''The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring'' (extended edition)]] Audio Commentaries (Scene 35)<!--
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* [[Gary Russell]]'s [[The Art of the Fellowship of the Ring]]: "Moria"
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* Alan Lee's [[The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook]]: "Moria"
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==External links==
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*[http://www.elvish.org/gwaith/movie.htm Fellowship of the Word-smiths: Other Movie Inscriptions] - A web page discussing many inscriptions from the movies, including those found on the Mazarbul walls.
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*[http://home.planet.nl/~raas0056/mazarbul/ Mazarbul Wall Inscriptions Analysis] - A web site discussing the transcription of the Mazarbul wall runes from screen to page.
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*[http://www.geocities.com/shire_society/mazarbul_analysis.html Mazarbul Wall Rune Analysis (English Only)] A detailed analysis of the English Mazarbul wall rune text.
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* [http://www.geocities.com/shire_society/mazarbul_incident.html Mazarbul Wall Rune Incident] A detailed analysis of the incident with comments from those involved.
  
 
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[[de:Kammer von Mazarbul]]
 
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[[fi:Mazarbulin Kammio]]

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The name Mazarbul refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Mazarbul (disambiguation).
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The Chamber of Mazarbul was the old chamber of records of Khazad-dûm. Probably built during the earlier years of Khazad-dûm, it was later used as a base by Balin when he began his ill-fated attempt at recolonization in the late Third Age.

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[edit] History

The chamber itself was probably built at around the same time as the Twenty-first Hall in the Seventh Level. This would have been slightly later than the earliest Dwarven delvings, which were to be found in the lower levels near the Great Gates.

In T.A. 2989, Balin led a group of Dwarves to recolonize Moria. Balin chose the Twenty-first Hall as his headquarters and set up his seat in the Chamber of Mazarbul.

When Balin was killed a few years later, he was laid to rest in a tomb inside the chamber. It was there where the last remnants of the colony perished.

The Fellowship found the chamber thirty years after Balin came to Moria and it was here that Gandalf found the Book of Mazarbul, a record of Balin's recolonization efforts.

It was in the Chamber of Mazarbul that the Fellowship engaged in a brief fight with a band of orcs and a Cave-troll. They retreated through the east door and Gandalf attempted to guard it against the Balrog. The roof of the Chamber collapsed then.

[edit] Geography and appearance

The chamber was located to the right of a pathway that branched off the north end of the Twenty-first hall. When the Fellowship found the chamber as they passed through Moria, Balin's Tomb was located inside it, and a bright shaft of sunlight streamed in from outside the mountain to land directly on the tomb.

There were two stone doors leading into the chamber (one entrance from the Twenty-first Hall, one from the stair tunnels that the Fellowship later used to flee the Balrog). Many deep recesses were cut into the chamber rock containing chests that had been recently looted by the Orcs inhabiting Moria. A deep dust had fallen upon the entire room by the time the Fellowship entered it, and the remains of a long-abandoned battle site were to be seen strewn across the floor.

[edit] Etymology

Mazarbul means "records" in Khuzdul. This name was used in connection with the Chamber of Records of Khazad-dûm and the Book of Records found in that chamber.

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring:

In Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring (Scene 35: Balin's Tomb and Scene 36: The Bridge of Khazad-dûm), the Chamber of Mazarbul is presented much as it is described in the books, with a few notable exceptions.
  • It is placed in the center of the Twenty-first Hall, rather than on the right of a corridor running off the hall to the north.
  • There is only one proper door explicitly shown leading into the chamber, rather than the two described in the book. This door is also made of wood in the film, rather than stone. There is, however, one smashed doorway out of the back of the chamber, with the window illuminating Balin's tomb above it, which the Fellowship flee out of.
  • A well is also introduced into the layout, directly below the shaft of light. This well was found in the guardroom of the Crossroads in the book, but was transplanted here to serve greater dramatic purpose.

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

The Chamber of Mazarbul is the final stand in the battle for the Twenty-first Hall, one of the three battles where the Iron Garrison battle Orcs to drive them out of Khazad-dûm in Mines of Moria, Book V: Drums in the Deep.

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