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Endless Stair, The

Type: Roads, Lanes, Ways

Region: Rhovanion/Misty Mtns

Location: An ancient staircase leading to the peak of Zirakzigil (Celebdil); built by the Dwarves of Khazad-dûm; destroyed in the Battle of the Peak.

Description: [Said Gandalf of his battle with the Balrog of Moria,] 'Ever up now we went, until we came to the Endless Stair.'

'Long has that been lost,' said Gimli. 'Many have said that it was never made save in legend, but others say that it was destroyed.'

'It was made, and it had not been destroyed,' said Gandalf. 'From the lowest dungeon to the highest peak it climbed, ascending in unbroken spiral in many thousand steps, until it issued at last in Durin's Tower carved in the living rock of Zirakzigil, the pinnacle of the Silvertine.' ...

[After the battle] 'The tower behind was crumbled into dust, the window gone; the ruined stair was choked with burned and broken stone.'

The Two Towers, LoTR Book 3, Ch 5, The White Rider

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 24Jun04

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