, also called Dimrill Dale and Nanduhirion, was the valley below the Great Gates of Moria on the east side of the Misty Mountains.


The valley was very deep and lay between mountain ridges leading up to the peaks of Bundushathûr in the north, and Zirak-Zigil in the south. The great peak Barazinbar which was also called Caradhras towered over the vale in the west. The Pass of Caradhras came down into that valley by the Dimrill Stair, a deep-cloven way that was carved by the Dwarves.

The Great Gates of Moria came out to the huge steps that were called the threshold of Moria. Less than a mile away from those stairs there was the lake Kheld-zâram and the monument Durin's Stone.

The river Silverlode which was called Kibil-nâla by the Dwarves, ran through the valley, east, through Lothlórien and into the Anduin. Its origins were in deep well of water not far from Kheld-zâram but as it flowed through the valley it was joined by many smaller mountain-streams and became a swift and powerful river. The old dwarf road lay alongside it.

In the early days of the valley was considered beautiful and sacred but by the later part of the Third Age it was barren desolate strip of land about five leagues long. A geographical buffer between the orc infested mines of Moria and the Forest of Lothlórien. The final and greatest battle in the War of the Dwarves and Orcs was fought in this vale in the 2799th year of the Third Age, and was called the Battle of Azanulbizar. In that battle the orc king Azog was slain by Dáin Ironfoot, and Thorin son of Thráin earned the name Oakenshield when he picked up an oak log to defend himself at the height of the battle.

Balin son of Fundin also came to the vale in his attempt to retake Moria and fought some battles in the vale. He was murdered in there when he went alone to look into the waters of Kheled-zâram.

The Fellowship of the Ring paused here in their flight from out of Moria, after the loss of Gandalf.[1]


The name Azanulbizar is a Khuzdul word.

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ዓዛኑልቢዛር
Arabic إزانولبيزار
Armenian Ազանւլբիզար
Bulgarian Азанулбизар
Dari ازانولبیزار
Georgian აზანულბიზარი
Greek Αζανυλβιζαρ
Gujarati આઝનુલ્બિઝર્
Hebrew אזאנולביזאר
Hindi आज़नुल्बिज़र्
Kazakh Азанұлбізар
Kyrgyz Азанулбизар
Macedonian Азанулбизар
Nepali आज़नुल्बिज़र्
Pashto آزانولبیزار
Russian Азанулбизар
Serbian Азанулбизар (Cyrillic) Azanulbizar (Latinised)
Tajik Азанулбизар
Tamil ஆழநுல்பிழர் ?
Tigrinya ዓዛኑልቢዛር
Ukrainian Азанулбізар
Urdu ازانولبیزار
Uyghur ئزانۇلبىزار
Uzbek Азанулбизар (Cyrillic) Azanulbizar (Latinised)
Yiddish ײַזאַנולביזאַר


  1. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, III: Durin's Folk

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