The valley was very deep and lay between mountain ridges leading up to the peaks of Bundushathûr in the north, and Zirakzigil 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 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 Kheled-zâram, but as it flowed through the valley it was joined by many smaller mountain-streams and became a swift and powerful river. An old Dwarven road lay alongside it.
In earlier centuries, the valley was considered beautiful and sacred, but by the later part of the Third Age was barren and desolate, serving as 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, the Battle of Azanulbizar, was fought here in 2799 of the Third Age. In that battle the Orc captain Azog was slain by Dáin Ironfoot, and Thorin son of Thráin earned the name Oakenshield.
The name Azanulbizar is a Khuzdul word.
Translations around the world
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Kazakh||Азанұлбізар (Cyrillic) Azanulbizar (Latin)|
|Korean||아나울 비 사르|
|Serbian||Азанулбизар (Cyrillic) Azanulbizar (Latin)|
|Uzbek||Азанулбизар (Cyrillic) Azanulbizar (Latin)|