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" The end comes soon. We hear drums, drums in the deep. They are coming."
Ori's last entry in the Book of Mazarbul

The book as it appears in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Book of Mazarbul was begun in TA 2989, upon Balin's return to Moria. The book recounted the expedition's experiences within Moria, including a battle with the Orcs that inhabited the old halls of Khazad-dûm, in which Balin's Dwarves were victorious. They settled in the Twenty-first Hall, above the East-gate, and Balin himself ruled his new domain from the old Chamber of Records, also called the Chamber of Mazarbul. Over the next five years, the Dwarves seem to have settled quite successfully into their new home, exploring under the Mountains as far as the West-gate, recovering Durin's Axe and apparently other priceless items made of mithril.

The Lordship of Balin was short-lived. Ori, who was with him in Moria, recorded in the last pages of the Book how an army of Orcs came unexpectedly out of the east, slaying Balin outside the East-gate. The Dwarves defended themselves, but they were beleaguered from the east by the Orcs and from the west by the mysterious Watcher in the Water. Their last stand was in the Chamber of Mazarbul, where the Orcs eventually overcame and destroyed them.

The victorious Orcs seem not to have understood the significance of the Book, so that rather than carrying it off or destroying it, they left it to rot in the Chamber. There it was found twenty-four years later by the Fellowship of the Ring, burned, slashed and blood-stained, and missing a number of pages, but still readable in some parts. Gandalf passed it to Gimli to return to King Dáin, after which nothing more is said of it.[1]

Text in the Book

Page 1

We drove out the orcs from the Great Gate and guardroom and took the First Hall. We slew many in the bright sun in the dale. Flói was killed by an arrow. He slew the great chieftain. We buried…Flói under grass near Mirrormere…came…ken we repaired…We have taken the Twenty-first Hall of North End to dwell in. There is good air…that can easily be watched…the shaft is clear…Balin has set up his seat in the Chamber of Mazarbul…gathered…gold…wonderful lay Durin’s Axe and…silver helm. Balin has taken them for his own. Balin is now lord of Moria:…today we found truesilver…well-forged helm…made all of purest mithril…Óin to seek for the upper armories of the Third Deep…go westwards to s…to Hollin Gate.

Page 2

…years since…ready sorrow…yesterday being the tenth of November Balin, lord of Moria, fell in Dimrill Dale. He went alone to look in Mirrormere. An orc shot him from behind a stone. We slew the orc, but many more came…up from east up the Silverlode…we rescued Balin’s body..after a sharp battle…we have barred the gates but doubt if…we can hold them long. If there is…no escape it will be a horrible fate to suffer, but I shall hold.


Page 3

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 retreated to the Chamber of…Mazarbul. We are still ho{ldin}g...but hope …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.


  • In the The Fellowship of the Ring (novel) the book is found and kept for Dáin Ironfoot; in the movie version it is found but lost again.
  • In the film adaptation, the text of the book is different: "They have taken the bridge and the Second Hall. We have barred the gates but cannot hold them for long. The ground shakes...drums, drums in the deep. We cannot get out. The shadow moves in the dark. We cannot get out. They are coming.", hinting at the possibility that Durin's Bane hindered them or at least was seen.
  • The book's text was provided by Tolkien separately from The Fellowship of the Ring's publication.


Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Boek van Mazarbul
Amharic ትንቢተ ማዛርቡል
Albanian Libri i Mazarbul
Arabic كتاب مازاربول
Aragonese Libro de Mazarbul
Armenian Մազարիբուլի գիրքը
Basque Mazarbulen liburua
Belarusian Cyrillic Мазарбул кніга
Bosnian Knjiga Mazarbul
Breton Levr Mazarbul
Bulgarian Cyrillic Книга на Мазарбул
Catalan Llibre de Mazarbul
Cebuano Basahon ni Mazarbul
Corsican Libru di Mazarbul
Croatian Knjiga Mazarbul
Czech Kniha Mazarbul
Danish Mazarbuls Bog
Dutch Boek van Mazarbul
Esperanto Libro de Mazarbulo
Estonian Mazarbuli Raamat
Filipino Aklat ng Mazarbul
Finnish Mazarbulin kirja
French Livre de Mazarbul
Galician Libro de Mazarbul
Georgian მაზარბულის წიგნი
German Buch von Mazarbul
Greek Βιβλίο του Μαζαρβολ
Gujarati મઝરબુલની ચોપડી
Haitian Creole Liv nan Mazarbul
Hawaiian Buke o Mazarbul
Hebrew ספר םאזארבול
Hindi मजारबुल की किताब
Hungarian Mazarbul könyve
Indonesian Kitab Mazarbul
Irish Gaelic Leabhar Mazarbul
Italian Libro di Mazarbul
Japanese マザルブルの書
Javanese Kitab Mazarbul
Kannada ಮಝಾರ್ಬುಲ್ ಪುಸ್ತಕ
Kazakh Мазарболдың кітабы (Cyrillic) Mazarboldıñ kitabı (Latin)
Kurdish Mazarbul pirtûk (Kurmanji Kurdish)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Мазарбул китеби
Latin Liber Mazarbul
Latvian Mazarbul grāmata
Lithuanian Mazarbul knyga
Luxembourgish Buch vun Mazarbul
Macedonian Cyrillic Книга на Мазарбул
Malagasy Bokin'i Mazarbul
Malaysian Buku Mazarbul
Maori Pukapuka o Mazarbul
Marathi मझरबुलची पुस्तक
Mongolian Cyrillic Мазарбулын ном
Nepalese बोओक ओफ़ मज़र्बुल
Norwegian Mazarbuls Bok


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Persian کتاب مازاربول
Polish Księga Mazarbul
Portuguese Livro de Mazarbul
Punjabi ਮਜ਼ਾਰਬਾਲ ਦੀ ਕਿਤਾਬ
Russian Книга Мазарбул
Romanian Cartea Mazarbului
Sinhalese බෝක් ඔෆ් ම​zඅර්බුල්
Swahili Kitabu cha Mazarbul
Swedish Mazarbuls Bok
Samoan Tusi a Mazarbul
Scots Beuk o Mazarbul
Scottish Gaelic Leabhar Mazarbul
Serbian Књига о Мазарбулу (Cyrillic) Knjiga o Mazarbulu (Latin)
Slovak Kniha Mazarbul
Slovenian Knjiga Mazarbul
Spanish Libro de Mazarbul
Swahili Kitabu cha Mazarbul
Tahitian Buka a Mazarbul
Tagalog Aklat ni Mazarbul
Tajik Cyrillic Мазарбул китоб
Tamil மஜார்புல் புத்தகம்
Telugu మజార్బుల్ బుక్
Tongan Tohi 'a Mazarbul
Turkish Mazarbul'in kitabı
Ukrainian Cyrillic Книга Мазбурла
Urdu کتاب مازآربال
Uzbek Мазарбулнинг китоби (Cyrillic) Mazarbulning kitobi (Latin)
Vietnamese Sách Mazarbul
Waray Basahán ni Mazarbul
Welsh Llyfr Mazarbul
Yiddish באָאָק אָף מאַזאַרבול
Yoruba Ìwé Mazarbul