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dûm means "hall, mansions" and/or "excavations" in Khuzdul.

It is seen in the name Khazad-dûm, the name of Moria

Etymology[edit | edit source]

It is possible that the actual form of the word is *tumum (root *T-M-M); the form dûm is assimilated (from Khazad-).[1]


  1. An analysis of Dwarvish by Magnus Åberg; he bases this on the word Tumunzahar