29 July 2011

365 Days of Middle-earth ~ Day 29: Book of Mazarbul


The Book of Mazarbul was a record of Balin's failed expedition to recolonize Moria with the help of a group of Longbeard Dwarves, covering a time span of five years, beginning in TA 2989. It was written in many different hands, using runes of Moria and Dale as well as Elvish letters, and its last entry was recorded shortly before the final Orc attack which killed off the Dwarves:

"We cannot get out. We cannot get out. They have taken the bridge and Second Hall. Frár and Lóni and Náli fell there bravely while the rest retr [...] Mazarbul. We still ho[...]g ... but hope u[...]n[...]Óin’s party went five days ago but today only four returned. The pool is up to the wall at West-gate. The Watcher in the Water took Óin--we cannot get out. The end comes soon. We hear drums, drums in the deep. They are coming"

Gandalf discovered the Book of Mazarbul when the Fellowship entered the Mines of Moria; he gave the book to Gimli, who passed it on to Dáin.


Notes

Mazarbul means "record" in the Dwarf-language of Khuzdul.

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