Sindarin 


noun. black chasm

mor (from stem mor “dark, black”) + iâ (“abyss, void”)

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'Black Pit

topon. 'Black Pit, Black Chasm'.

Sindarin [(PE17 Sindarin Corpus) PE17:35:40] < S. _mor(n)-_ black + S. _iâ_ chasm, pit. Group: Parma Eldalamberon 17 Sindarin Corpus. Published by


place name. Black Chasm, Black Pit

Sindarin name for Khazad-dûm after the Dwarves were driven out by the Balrog, translated “Black Pit” (LotR/283, PE17/35) or “Black Chasm” (Let/382, PE17/40). It is a combination of morn “black” and “chasm, pit” (PE17/35; SA/mor, iâ).

Conceptual Development: In Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s, this name first appeared as N. Moria “Black Gulf” (RS/429). Its translation was later revised to “Black Pit” (TI/166). It also appeared in The Etymologies with essentially the same derivation as given above (Ety/YAG).


  • Mornyā “Black Pit” ✧ PM/045

Element in


morn“black, dark; night”
“chasm, pit; void, abyss, chasm, pit; void, abyss; [N.] gulf”


  • Mor-ia ✧ Let/178
Sindarin [LBI/Moria; Let/178; Let/382; Let/384; LotR/0283; LotR/0305; LotRI/Moria; LRI/Moria; LT2I/Moria; PE17/035; PE17/040; PM/045; PMI/Dwarrowdelf; PMI/Moria; SA/iâ; SA/mor; SI/Moria; UTI/Moria; WJI/Moria] Group: Eldamo. Published by



The name Moria is composed of the Sindarin elements mor "black, dark" and "void, abyss". Khazad-dûm was so called in Sindarin by the Gwaith-i-Mírdain, as for them it was but a "Dark Chasm". Although the Dwarves considered it a derogatory name, Celebrimbor went as far as to write the name "Moria" on the West-gate.[source?]

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