Bridge of Khazad-dûm
|Bridge of Khazad-dûm|
|"The Bridge of Khazad-dûm" by John Howe|
|Other names||Durin's Bridge|
|Location||Eastern Moria, before the Great Gates|
|Description||Narrow bridge of stone over abyss|
|Destroyed||15 January, T.A. 3019 (partially)|
|Events||Stand-off between Gandalf and Durin's Bane|
|Gallery||Images of the Bridge of Khazad-dûm|
The Bridge of Khazad-dûm was a narrow stone bridge crossing a chasm within the eastern gates of the Dwarf-city of Khazad-dûm.
The bridge was fifty feet long and so narrow that it could only be crossed in single file. The depth of the chasm was incredible and the ceiling was high; on the outer side of the bridge was a flight of stairs leading to the exit, through the First Hall and the Great Gates of Moria. The narrowness of the bridge was meant to help defend the interior of Khazad-dûm against an enemy that had already breached the outermost defenses.
The bridge is most noted for being the location of the encounter between Gandalf and the Balrog. Gandalf broke it during the fight, and it likely remained broken until the Dwarves reclaimed Moria in the Fourth Age.