Places in Middle-earth
Bridge of Khazad-dûm, The
Region: Rhovanion/Misty Mtns
Other Names Durin's Bridge
Description: 'Look ahead! ' called Gandalf. 'The Bridge is near. It is dangerous and narrow.'
Suddenly Frodo saw before him a black chasm. At the end of the hall the floor vanished and fell to an unknown depth. The outer door could only be reached by a slender bridge of stone, without kerb or rail, that spanned the chasm with one curving spring of fifty feet. It was an ancient defence of the Dwarves against any enemy that might capture the First Hall and the outer passages. They could only pass across it in single file.
The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 5, The Bridge of Khazad-dûm
[Said Gandalf,] 'Long I fell, and he fell with me. ... Then we plunged into the deep water and all was dark. Cold it was as the tide of death....'
'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.'
The Two Towers, LoTR Book 3, Ch 5, The White Rider
Contributors: Elena Tiriel 24Jun04