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'''Dimrill Dale''' was a name in the tongue of [[Men of the North]] for a valley lying east of [[Khazad-dûm]].  
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[[Image:Dimrill Dale.jpg|thumb|''Dimrill Dale'' by [[Ted Nasmith]]]]
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'''Dimrill Dale''' ('''''[[Nanduhirion]]''''' in [[Sindarin]] and '''''[[Azanulbizar]]''''' in [[Khuzdul]]) was a valley on the east side of [[Misty Mountains]], beneath the [[Caradhras|Redhorn]], [[Celebdil|Silvertine]], and [[Cloudyhead]] peaks. It was the eastern end of [[Redhorn Pass]] and was bordered by the '''[[Dimrill Stair]]'''. Dimrill Dale was the source of the [[Celebrant|Silverlode]] river. At its southeast corner was [[Mirrormere]], a sacred lake to the [[Dwarves]] of [[Durin's folk]].<ref>{{FR|II6}}</ref>
  
The valley was also called '''''Nanduhirion''''' in [[Sindarin]] and '''''Azanulbizar''''' in [[Khuzdul]].
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During the [[Years of the Trees]], [[Durin|Durin the Deathless]] wandered south to Dimrill Dale and founded the Kingdom of [[Khazad-dûm]] beneath the surrounding mountains. Thousands of years later, after Orcs had turned the Dwarven city into the "Black Pit" of [[Moria]], the climatic battle of the [[War of the Dwarves and Orcs]] was fought here. The '''[[Battle of Azanulbizar]]''', which occurred in {{TA|2799}},<ref>{{App|TA}}</ref> ended as a defeat of the Orcs and their leader [[Azog]]. The Dwarves, though, were unable to take back Moria because of the [[Durin's Bane|Balrog]] that still dwelt there.<ref>{{App|Durin}}</ref>
  
A battle was fought there in 2799 [[Third Age|T.A.]] between [[Dwarves]] and the [[Orcs]] of Moria, in which the latter were defeated and their leader [[Azog]] killed.
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The [[Fellowship of the Ring]] briefly rested in Dimrill Dale after escaping from Moria, following the loss of [[Gandalf]].<ref>{{FR|II5}}</ref>
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==Etymology==
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The name ''Dimrill'' means "overshadowed rills" referring to the rills that ran down the mountain-side.<ref>{{HM|N}}</ref>
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[[The Fellowship of the Ring]] encamped there having escaped from Moria, after the loss of [[Gandalf]].
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A feature of the vale was the [[Mirrormere]], a crystal clear lake in which [[Durin I|Durin]] first saw the stars. The river [[Silverlode]] ran through the vale to [[Lórien]].
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Revision as of 01:52, 17 October 2011

Dimrill Dale (Nanduhirion in Sindarin and Azanulbizar in Khuzdul) was a valley on the east side of Misty Mountains, beneath the Redhorn, Silvertine, and Cloudyhead peaks. It was the eastern end of Redhorn Pass and was bordered by the Dimrill Stair. Dimrill Dale was the source of the Silverlode river. At its southeast corner was Mirrormere, a sacred lake to the Dwarves of Durin's folk.[1]

During the Years of the Trees, Durin the Deathless wandered south to Dimrill Dale and founded the Kingdom of Khazad-dûm beneath the surrounding mountains. Thousands of years later, after Orcs had turned the Dwarven city into the "Black Pit" of Moria, the climatic battle of the War of the Dwarves and Orcs was fought here. The Battle of Azanulbizar, which occurred in T.A. 2799,[2] ended as a defeat of the Orcs and their leader Azog. The Dwarves, though, were unable to take back Moria because of the Balrog that still dwelt there.[3]

The Fellowship of the Ring briefly rested in Dimrill Dale after escaping from Moria, following the loss of Gandalf.[4]

Etymology

The name Dimrill means "overshadowed rills" referring to the rills that ran down the mountain-side.[5]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Lothlórien"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Bridge of Khazad-dûm"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion