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[[Image:J.R.R. Tolkien - Doors of Durin.jpg|thumb|Durin's Crown on the [[Doors of Durin]]]]<center>{{quote|He stooped and looked in Mirrormere<br>And saw a crown of stars appear|[[Gimli]] singing the Song of Durin in [[Moria]].<sup>[[#References|1]]</sup>}}</center> '''Durin's Crown''' was a constellation in the northern hemisphere of [[Arda]]. It appeared as a crown above [[Durin the Deathless|Durin]]'s reflection in [[Mirrormere]], which he saw as a good omen. He built [[Khazad-dûm]] in the valley. Ages later, in [[Third Age 3019|T.A. 3019]], [[Gimli]], [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] and [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]] looked in the lake, but whether they saw the crown is unclear<sup>[[#References|2]]</sup>.  
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[[Image:J.R.R. Tolkien - Doors of Durin.jpg|thumb|Durin's Crown on the [[Doors of Durin]]]]<center>{{quote|He stooped and looked in Mirrormere<br>And saw a crown of stars appear|[[Gimli]] singing the Song of Durin in [[Moria]].<ref>{{FR|II4}}</ref>}}</center> '''Durin's Crown''' was perhaps a constellation in the northern hemisphere of [[Arda]]. It appeared as a crown above [[Durin]]'s reflection in [[Mirrormere]] despite the fact it was day; he saw it as a good omen and built [[Khazad-dûm]] in the valley. [[Durin's Stone]] was set to commemorate the location and the event.  
  
Most people think ''Durin's Crown'' is another name for [[Valacirca]]. [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]] does not state what it looks like, but seven stars appear on the [[Doors of Durin]]. This led Steve Gardner to conclude that it could also have been [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auriga_(constellation) Auriga] or the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corona_Borealis Northern Crown]<sup>[[#References|3]]</sup>.
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Ages later, in {{TA|3019}}, [[Gimli]], [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] and [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]] looked in the lake, but whether they saw the crown is unclear<ref>{{FR|II6}}</ref>.
  
==References==
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==Identity==
# ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', [[A Journey in the Dark]].
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The form of the constellation is not known. It's possible that the seven stars on [[Doors of Durin]] around the crown signify the constellation. [[Valacirca]] is also a constellation of seven stars. Steve Gardner concluded that it could also have been [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auriga_(constellation) Auriga] or the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corona_Borealis Northern Crown].<ref>''[[Vinyar Tengwar]]'', Number 13, p. 3</ref>
# ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', [[Lothlórien (chapter)|Lothlórien]].
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# ''[[Vinyar Tengwar 13]]'', page 3.
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On the other hand, since the constellation was a miraculous event, it's possible that its stars were only a vision, and not an actual constellation set on [[menel]].
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Revision as of 21:09, 31 January 2013

Durin's Crown on the Doors of Durin
"He stooped and looked in Mirrormere
And saw a crown of stars appear
"
Gimli singing the Song of Durin in Moria.[1]
Durin's Crown was perhaps a constellation in the northern hemisphere of Arda. It appeared as a crown above Durin's reflection in Mirrormere despite the fact it was day; he saw it as a good omen and built Khazad-dûm in the valley. Durin's Stone was set to commemorate the location and the event.

Ages later, in T.A. 3019, Gimli, Frodo and Sam looked in the lake, but whether they saw the crown is unclear[2].

Identity

The form of the constellation is not known. It's possible that the seven stars on Doors of Durin around the crown signify the constellation. Valacirca is also a constellation of seven stars. Steve Gardner concluded that it could also have been Auriga or the Northern Crown.[3]

On the other hand, since the constellation was a miraculous event, it's possible that its stars were only a vision, and not an actual constellation set on menel.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Journey in the Dark"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Lothlórien"
  3. Vinyar Tengwar, Number 13, p. 3
Middle-earth Cosmology
 Constellations  Anarríma · Durin's Crown · Menelmacar · Remmirath · Soronúmë · Telumendil · Valacirca · Wilwarin
Stars  Alcarinquë · Borgil · Carnil · Elemmírë · Helluin · Luinil · Lumbar · Morwinyon · Nénar · Star of Eärendil · Til 
The Airs  Aiwenórë · Fanyamar · Ilmen · Menel · Vaiya · Veil of Arda · Vista
Narsilion  Arien · Moon (Isil, Ithil, Rána) · Sun (Anar, Anor, Vása) · Tilion
See Also  Abyss · Arda · Circles of the World · · Timeless Halls · Two Lamps · Two Trees · Void