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'''Kheled-zâram ''' also known as the '''Mirrormere''' is a small lake in [[Azanulbizar]] a vale east of [[Moria]].
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{{quote|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 (novel)|The Fellowship of the Ring]]''}}
   
{{quote|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 (novel)|The Fellowship of the Ring]]}}
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[[File:Mirrormere by Alan Lee.jpg|thumb|342x342px|Kheled-zâram, as depicted by [[Alan Lee]]]]
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'''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]].
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In ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring (novel)|The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', it is described as follows:
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"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."
   
 
==Geography==
 
==Geography==
The lake lay less than a mile east and a little below the Great Gates 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 clear evening sky and there was a smooth sward of grass around its rim.
 
   
[[Image:MirrormereLOTRO.jpg|thumb|Kheled-zâram in [[The Lord of the Rings Online]], reflecting the stars on a cloudy day.]]
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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.<ref name=":0">[[The Lord of the Rings|''The Lord of the Rings'']], [[The Fellowship of the Ring|''The Fellowship of the Ring'']], Book Two, Ch. VI: "[[Lothlórien (chapter)|Lothlórien]]"</ref>
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
In the [[First Age]], [[Durin]] the oldest of the [[Fathers of the Dwarves|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. The name Kheled-zâram is in [[Khuzdul]] and means "Glass-lake". In [[Westron]] it was called '''Mirrormere''', it is probably so named because the waters of the lake were always smooth and the stars could always be seen reflected in its surface no matter the time of day. Only Durin, however, could see his own reflection.
 
   
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.
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In the [[First Age]], [[Durin]], the oldest of the [[Fathers of the Dwarves|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.<ref>''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', Book Two, Ch. IV: "[[A Journey in the Dark]]"</ref>
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[[File:DurinsStoneLOTRO.jpg|thumb|Durin's Stone in ''[[The Lord of the Rings Online]]''|200x200px]]
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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.<ref name=":0" />[[File:MirrormereLOTRO.jpg|thumb|Kheled-zâram in ''[[The Lord of the Rings Online]]'', reflecting stars on a cloudy day|left|200x200px]]
   
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 honour 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.
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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.<ref>[[The Lord of the Rings|''The Lord of the Rings'']], [[The Fellowship of the Ring|''The Fellowship of the Ring'']], Book Two, Ch. V: "[[The Bridge of Khazad-dûm]]"
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The [[Fellowship of the Ring]] stopped briefly at Kheled-zâram while [[Gimli]], [[Frodo]], and [[Sam]] took time to look into the lake, even though they were in great hurry.
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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.<ref name=":0" />
   
==Portrayal in Adaptations==
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==Etymology==
===Translations around the World===
 
   
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The name '''''Kheled-zâram''''' is [[Khuzdul]], meaning "Glass-lake".<ref>[[The History of Middle-earth|''The History of Middle-earth'']], Vol. VI: ''[[The Return of the Shadow]]'', chapter XXV: "The Mines of Moria", Notes</ref>
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|Portuguese (Brazil)
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|Finnish
|Kheled-zâram a.k.a. ''Lago-espelho'' or ''Lago-Espelho''
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|Kheled-Zâram a. k. a. Kuvastaja
 
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|Portuguese (Portugal)
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|German
|Kheled-zâram a.k.a. Lago do Espelho
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|Kheled-zâram a. k. a. Spiegelsee
 
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|Spanish (Spain and Latin America)
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|Hebrew
|Kheled-zâram a.k.a. Lago Espejo
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|קהלד זאראם
 
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|Italian
 
|Italian
 
|Kheled-zâram a.k.a. Mirolago
 
|Kheled-zâram a.k.a. Mirolago
 
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|Norwegian
|Kheled-zâram a.k.a. Spiegelsee
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|Kheled-Zâram a. k. a. Speiltjernet
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|Kheled-zâram a.k.a. ''Lago-espelho'' or ''Lago-Espelho'' (Brazilian Portuguese)
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Kheled-zâram a.k.a. Lago do Espelho (Portugal)
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|Келед-зарам
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|Kheled-zâram a.k.a. Lago Espejo
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|Kheled-Zâram a. k. a. Aynagöl
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==References==
 
==References==
*[[The Atlas of Middle-earth]] pg. 81
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==External link==
 
*[http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Mirrormere Kheled-zâram] at Tolkien Gateway
 
 
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Latest revision as of 12:26, March 7, 2020

"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."

GeographyEdit

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]

HistoryEdit

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]

DurinsStoneLOTRO

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]
MirrormereLOTRO

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]

EtymologyEdit

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

TranslationsEdit

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



ReferencesEdit

  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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