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"Elf in Moria" (Narvi in the lower right) by Irsanna
Biographical Information
LanguageKhuzdul and Sindarin
BirthMid Second Age
Notable forcrafting the Doors of Durin
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Narvi

Narvi was a great Dwarven craftsman.[1]


Narvi lived in Khazad-dûm during the height of its glory. He formed a friendship with the Elf-lord Celebrimbor, the master artificer of neighboring Eregion. Together they made the mighty Doors of Durin that guarded the West-gate of the Dwarven city.[1][2]


In drafts of The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien used the spelling Narf[i].[3] Narfi is an Old Norse name and character appearing in the Prose Edda (there also spelled Narvi), and the meaning of the name is unknown.[4]

Possibly the name is provided as a translation of the Dwarf's "outer" name from some Mannish language of the Northmen of the Second Age.[5][6]

Other versions of the legendarium

In a linguistic manuscript, Tolkien placed the character Narvi at an earlier time in the history of Arda (apparently because of linguistic considerations), "before Durin's death".[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Concerning Galadriel and Celeborn"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Journey in the Dark"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Treason of Isengard, "IX. The Mines of Moria (1): The Lord of Moria", p. 188
  4. Jim Allan, "Giving of Names", in An Introduction to Elvish, p. 223
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 144, (dated 25 April 1954)
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, "On Translation"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Eldarin Hands, Fingers & Numerals and Related Writings — Part One" (edited by Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 47, February 2005, p. 38