Battle of the Uttermost Foundations of Stone
Event Type: Military/Strategic
Age: 3rd Age - Ring War
Dates: January 15, 3019 ~ January 23, 3019
An event in the Battles of the Fellowship at Moria; see that entry for an overview:
[Said Gimli,] 'Come, Gandalf, tell us how you fared with the Balrog!'
'Name him not!' said Gandalf, and for a moment it seemed that a cloud of pain passed over his face, and he sat silent, looking old as death. 'Long time I fell,' he said at last, slowly, as if thinking back with difficulty. 'Long I fell, and he fell with me. His fire was about me. I was burned. Then we plunged into the deep water and all was dark. Cold it was as the tide of death: almost it froze my heart.'
'Deep is the abyss that is spanned by Durin's Bridge, and none has measured it,' said Gimli.
'Yet it has a bottom, beyond light and knowledge,' said Gandalf. 'Thither I came at last, to the uttermost foundations of stone. He was with me still. His fire was quenched, but now he was a thing of slime, stronger than a strangling snake.
'We fought far under the living earth, where time is not counted. Ever he clutched me, and ever I hewed him, till at last he fled into dark tunnels. They were not made by Durin's folk.... Far, far below the deepest delving of the Dwarves, the world is gnawed by nameless things. Even Sauron knows them not. They are older than he. Now I have walked there, but I will bring no report to darken the light of day. In that despair my enemy was my only hope, and I pursued him, clutching at his heel. Thus he brought me back at last to the secret ways of Khazad-dûm: too well he knew them all. Ever up now we went, until we came to the Endless Stair.'....
'From the lowest dungeon to the highest peak it climbed... until it issued at last... [on] Zirakzigil, the pinnacle of the Silvertine.'....
'There was none to see, or perhaps in after ages songs would still be sung of the Battle of the Peak.'
The Two Towers, LoTR Book 3, Ch 5, The White Rider
Elena Tiriel 4Jul04