"There like jewels sunk in the deep shone glinting stars, though sunlight was in the sky above. Of their own stooping forms no shadow could be seen."
The Fellowship of the Ring
Mirrormere by Alan Lee

Kheled-zâram, as depicted by Alan Lee

Kheled-zâram, known in Westron as Mirrormere, was a small lake in Azanulbizar, a vale east of Moria. It was the source of the Silverlode.

In The Fellowship of the Ring, it is described as follows: "Its waters were dark: a deep blue like clear evening sky seen from a lamp-lit room. Its face was still and unruffled. About it lay a smooth sward, shelving down on all sides to its bare unbroken rim."


The lake lay less than a mile east and a little below the East-gate of Moria. It was long and oval, shaped like a great spear-head thrust deep into the northern glen of the vale. Its waters were dark; a deep blue like a clear evening sky, and there was a smooth sward of grass around its rim.[1]


In the First Age, Durin, the oldest of the Seven Fathers of the Dwarves, wandered into Azanulbizar vale and beheld in a small, still lake a reflection of himself bearing a crown of seven stars, a reflection of the constellation which would become known as Durin's Crown. Because of this sign Durin chose to build his great hall in the mountains above that vale, but ever afterwards, only he could see his reflection in the lake.[2]


Durin's Stone in The Lord of the Rings Online

The Dwarves of Durin's Folk regarded this site as sacred and built a monument there. It was a single stone column called Durin's Stone, standing by the roadside. After Moria was abandoned it fell into disrepair, and in the last years of the Third Age it was cracked, weather-worn, and broken at the top.[1]

Kheled-zâram in The Lord of the Rings Online, reflecting stars on a cloudy day

When Balin came to retake Moria in TA 2989, one of his companions, a dwarf named Flói, was slain in a battle before the Gates and was buried in a place of honor by the banks of Kheled-zâram. Balin himself was killed here five years later, by an orc arrow, when he went alone to look into the lake.[3]

The Fellowship of the Ring stopped briefly at Kheled-zâram after fleeing Moria while Gimli, Frodo, and Sam took time to look into the lake, in the midst of their hurry.[1]


The name Kheled-zâram is Khuzdul, meaning "Glass-lake".[4]


Foreign Language Translated name
Finnish Kheled-Zâram a. k. a. Kuvastaja
German Kheled-zâram a. k. a. Spiegelsee
Hebrew קהלד זאראם
Italian Kheled-zâram a.k.a. Mirolago
Norwegian Kheled-Zâram a. k. a. Speiltjernet
Portuguese Kheled-zâram a.k.a. Lago-espelho or Lago-Espelho (Brazilian Portuguese)

Kheled-zâram a.k.a. Lago do Espelho (Portugal)

Russian Келед-зарам
Spanish (Spain and Latin America) Kheled-zâram a.k.a. Lago Espejo
Turkish Kheled-Zâram a. k. a. Aynagöl

Lakes of Arda

Bywater Pool | Forbidden Pool | Gollum's lake | Great Lake | Kheled-zâram (Mirrormere) | Lake Evendim | Lake Helevorn | Lake Mithrim | Linaewen | Long Lake | Lórellin | Nen Hithoel | Nísinen | Tarn Aeluin


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Ch. VI: "Lothlórien"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Ch. IV: "A Journey in the Dark"
  3. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Ch. V: "The Bridge of Khazad-dûm"
  4. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. VI: The Return of the Shadow, chapter XXV: "The Mines of Moria", Notes
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