The Bridge of Khazad-dûm

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The Bridge of Khazad-dûm
Chapter of The Fellowship of the Ring
EventGandalf is pulled into a chasm by Durin's Bane; the Company leaves Moria.
Date15 January 3019
LocationThe Mines of Moria
Preceded byA Journey in the Dark
Followed byLothlórien (chapter)

The Bridge of Khazad-dûm is the fifth chapter of the second book in The Fellowship of the Ring.


From a book of records found within the tomb, Gandalf learned that Balin and the Dwarves that had recolonised Moria were attacked by Orcs and also by a strange beast with no form or body. Gandalf gave the Book of Mazarbul to Gimli; all paid their respects to Balin's tomb and left.

Suddenly, the Orcs returned. After a fierce battle in which Frodo was wounded, Gandalf stopped the Orcs with a spell. As if in warning of what is to come, however, a very strong presence nearly made it impossible for Gandalf to use his power.

The further they went through the Mines, the hotter it became, and they realised that the lower levels were on fire. They came across a deep chasm that could only be crossed by a narrow bridge. Gimli led the way, and just as Legolas drew his bow, he saw a sight that filled him with horror. A great shadow, shaped like a man but having far greater power, was pursuing them. It was a Balrog, known as Durin's Bane, the beast that had attacked Balin and the dwarves. The Balrog had a blade like a stabbing tongue of fire in one hand and a thong of whips in the other. He leapt across the chasm and raced toward them.

Boromir drew out his horn and blew it. Shortly after, he and Aragorn ran to aid Gandalf, but Gandalf commanded them to return to the rest of the company. Gandalf stood on the bridge and commanded the Balrog to go back, but it rushed at him with its sword. Gandalf countered it with his own sword, and before it could attack a second time he cut the bridge right out from under the Balrog. With a cry the Balrog toppled into the abyss, slashing its whip at Gandalf. Gandalf became entwined in it, and was dragged down as well.