Word of the Day: Moria – formerly known as Khazad-dûm, was the most famous mansion of the Dwarves. It involved a Dwarfish community, which eventually became one of the greatest cities in Middle-earth.
Moria history and origins
Set in the center of the Misty Mountains, it was founded by Durin of Mount Gundabad, who was a Dwarf. Soon after, they created the Great Gates of Khazad-dûm. He died before the end of the First Age, which led to the leaving of the Dwarves in the Second Age. In 1697 S.A., Sauron took over, running the country of the Elves.
In 2989, the Longbeards, including Balin, tried to reclaim their ancient home. While successful at first, they were eventually defeated by the Orcs 5 years later.
In The Fellowship of the Ring, Frodo’s fellowship initially had plans to travel along the Misty Mountains. However, they were stopped by heavy snow, and then they were surrounded by Orcs, and went into Moria. When they found Balin’s journal there, they realized what would’ve happened had they followed their original path.
Then, after facing more trolls and orcs, they discovered a Balrog who was later fought and destroyed by Gandalf.