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Lord of Moria

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Joona Kujanen - Balin, Lord of Moria

The Lord of Moria (Sindarin: Aran Moria) is the title of the ruler of Moria such as the King of Khazad-dûm who was typically the King of Durin's Folk.

The title Aran Moria, translated as Lord of Moria, refers to Durin III and appears in the Doors of Durin.[1]

The kingdom had been abandoned in T.A. 1980 but Balin, a Dwarf of the House of Durin, led a small colony to reclaim it. His rule lasted only briefly (T.A. 2989 - 2995) until his death. The Khuzdul phrase Uzbad Khazaddûmu meaning Lord of Moria was inscribed on his tomb.[2]

[edit] Etymology and analysis

BALIN
FUNDINUL
UZBADKHAZADDUMU
BALINSONOVFUNDINLORDOVMORIA

The phrase is translated as "Lord of Moria"; uzbad seems to be translated as "Lord", however since Khuzdul words of three consonants normally don't begin with a vowel, Magnus Åberg proposes that the word is enclitic, and *u- is actually a prefix meaning "and".[3]

If this is so, uzbad is meaning "...and lord", the full phrase being "...son of Fundin and lord...". Åberg suggests that the basic form of "Lord" would be *zâbad and "Lord of Moria" would be *zâbad Khazaddûmu.[3]

The ending -u in Khazaddûmu is probably "an ending that gives the noun an objective or locative meaning".[3]

[edit] See also

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Journey in the Dark"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Journey in the Dark"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 An analysis of Dwarvish by Magnus Åberg