A Journey in the Dark
|The Fellowship of the Ring chapters|
A Journey in the Dark is the fourth chapter of the second book in The Fellowship of the Ring.
When they reach Moria, the river has been dammed and the entrance is flooded. Gandalf sets the pony free and sends it back to Rivendell. Gandalf uses a secret password to gain them entrance. Before they can go in, they are attacked by a tentacled water creature, the Watcher in the Water, that particularly targets Frodo. To escape, they all go into the Mines, but the Watcher destroys the entrance behind them. They have no choice but to go forward through the Mines.
Fissures and chasms make their path treacherous and at one point they enter a stone door and find a deep well inside it. Pippin throws a stone into it and they hear tapping, as if someone is using a hammer. They walk on for as long as they can, coming to many paths and crossroads, resting little and eating even less. The Mines of Moria are famous for silver (mithril) and it was in search of this that Balin and his Dwarves came to Moria. Gandalf tells them that Bilbo had a coat of mail armor made of mithril and Frodo marvels when he realizes that Bilbo had gifted him with a suit of armor with a value worth the whole of the Shire.
When they continue on their journey the next day, they come upon a tomb and Gandalf reads what is written on it. They realize that the tomb belongs to Balin and the Dwarves. Frodo is upset as he realizes that Bilbo's good friend is dead.