Celebdil

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Celebdil
Physical Description
Locationabove Khazad-dûm, south of Caradhras and Fanuidhol, on the border between Eriador and Rhovanion
Belongs tothe Misty Mountains
General Information
Other namesSilvertine (Westron), Zirakzigil (Khuzdul)
EtymologyCelebdil: celeb - silver, dil - horn
Zirakzigil: zirak - spike, zigil - silver
Eventsfinal struggle between Gandalf and Durin's Bane
GalleryImages of Zirakzigil

Celebdil, also known as Silvertine and Zirakzigil, was one of the three peaks that stood above the Dwarven city of Khazad-dûm. The other two were Caradhras (Redhorn) and Fanuidhol (Cloudyhead).

Celebdil was the southernmost of the Mountains of Moria and the Endless Stair led from the deepest halls of Khazad-dûm up to Durin's Tower on the peak of the mountain. There the Battle of the Peak between Gandalf and Durin's Bane took place.[1]

Etymology[edit]

Celebdil is the Sindarin name of Khuzdul Zirakzigil, translated as the mountain Silvertine. Celebdil contains celeb ("silver") and a derivative of the root TIL.[2]

Silvertine contains tine, "spike, sharp horn".[3]

Inspiration[edit]

Tolkien wrote to his son Michael that on a trip to Switzerland in his youth he had regretted leaving a view of two mountains: the Jungfrau and "the Silberhorn sharp against dark blue: the Silvertine (Celebdil) of my dreams."[4]

Portrayal in adaptations[edit]

2002: Peter Jackson's The Two Towers:

Zirakzigil makes an appearance during Gandalf's fight with the Balrog.

2008: The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria:

Players are able to visit the cliffs of Zirakzigil, where the body of Durin's Bane now resides. Also, a large area of the mines is dubbed as Silvertine Lodes - due to being located below the Silvertine.

References

Route of the Fellowship of the Ring
Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas
Rivendell · Eregion · Caradhras · Moria · Lothlórien · Caras Galadhon · Anduin · Parth Galen · Amon Hen · Eastemnet · Fangorn Forest · Rohan · Edoras · Hornburg · Isengard · Dunharrow · Paths of the Dead · Gondor · Erech · Lamedon · Linhir · Lebennin · Pelargir · Minas Tirith · Osgiliath · Cross-roads · Ithilien · Dagorlad · Black Gate · Field of Cormallen · Cair Andros · Gondor · Minas Tirith · Anórien · Rohan · Edoras · Isengard
Boromir
Rivendell · Eregion · Caradhras · Moria · Lothlórien · Caras Galadhon · Anduin · Parth Galen · Amon Hen
Frodo and Sam
Rivendell · Eregion · Caradhras · Moria · Lothlórien · Caras Galadhon · Anduin · Parth Galen · Amon Hen · Emyn Muil · Dead Marshes · Black Gate · Ithilien · Henneth Annûn · Cross-roads · Morgul Vale · Stairs of Cirith Ungol · Cirith Ungol · Shelob's Lair · Tower of Cirith Ungol · Mordor · Morgai · Plateau of Gorgoroth · Mount Doom · Field of Cormallen · Cair Andros · Gondor · Minas Tirith · Anórien · Rohan · Edoras · Isengard
Gandalf
Rivendell · Eregion · Caradhras · Moria · Celebdil† · Lothlórien · Fangorn Forest · Edoras · Hornburg · Isengard · Rohan · Anórien · Gondor · Minas Tirith · Osgiliath · Cross-roads · Ithilien · Dagorlad · Black Gate · Field of Cormallen · Cair Andros · Gondor · Minas Tirith · Anórien · Rohan · Edoras · Isengard
Merry
Rivendell · Eregion · Caradhras · Moria · Lothlórien · Caras Galadhon · Anduin · Parth Galen · Amon Hen · Emyn Muil · Eastemnet · Fangorn Forest · Wellinghall · Derndingle · Isengard · Hornburg · Dunharrow · Drúadan Forest · Gondor · Minas Tirith · Anórien · Rohan · Edoras · Isengard
Pippin
Rivendell · Eregion · Caradhras · Moria · Lothlórien · Caras Galadhon · Anduin · Amon Hen · Parth Galen · Emyn Muil · Eastemnet · Fangorn Forest · Wellinghall · Derndingle · Isengard · Rohan · Anórien · Gondor · Minas Tirith · Osgiliath · Cross-roads · Ithilien · Dagorlad · Black Gate · Field of Cormallen · Gondor · Cair Andros · Minas Tirith · Anórien · Rohan · Edoras · Isengard