- "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
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.
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. The stars were the constellation Durin's Crown which the elves call "Valacirca" and men call "the Big Bear". Because of this sign Durin chose to build his great hall Moria in the mountains above that vale, but ever afterwards, only he could see his reflection in the lake.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.
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.
Translations around the world Edit
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Portuguese (Brazil)||Kheled-zâram a.k.a. Lago-espelho or Lago-Espelho|
|Portuguese (Portugal)||Kheled-zâram a.k.a. Lago do Espelho|
|Spanish (Spain and Latin America)||Kheled-zâram a.k.a. Lago Espejo|
|Italian||Kheled-zâram a.k.a. Mirolago|
|German||Kheled-zâram a. k. a. Spiegelsee|
|Norwegian||Kheled-Zâram a. k. a. Speiltjernet|
|Finnish||Kheled-Zâram a. k. a. Kuvastaja|
|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
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Ch. VI: "Lothlórien"
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Ch. IV: "A Journey in the Dark"
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Ch. V: "The Bridge of Khazad-dûm"
- ↑ The History of Middle-earth, Vol. VI: The Return of the Shadow, chapter XXV: "The Mines of Moria", Notes