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Celebdil

Type: Mountains, Hills, Promontories

Region: Rhovanion/Misty Mtns

Other Names
Zirakzigil (Zirak)
Silvertine
Celebdil the White

Location: A peak of the Misty Mountains, between Eregion and Lórien; one of the three mountains above Moria (Caradhras, Celebdil, and Fanuidhol); site of the Battle of the Peak; sports the Endless Stair and Durin's Tower.

Description: They rose and looked about them. Northward the dale ran up into a glen of shadows between two great arms of the mountains, above which three white peaks were shining: Celebdil, Fanuidhol, Caradhras, the Mountains of Moria.

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 6, Lothlórien

'I need no map,' said Gimli.... 'There is the land where our fathers worked of old, and we have wrought the image of those mountains into many works of metal and of stone, and into many songs and tales. They stand tall in our dreams: Baraz, Zirak, Shathûr.

'Only once before have I seen them from afar in waking life, but I know them and their names, for under them lies Khazad-dûm, the Dwarrowdelf, that is now called the Black Pit, Moria in the Elvish tongue. Yonder stands Barazinbar, the Redhorn, cruel Caradhras; and beyond him are Silvertine and Cloudyhead: Celebdil the White, and Fanuidhol the Grey, that we call Zirakzigil and Bundushathûr.

'There the Misty Mountains divide, and between their arms lies the deep-shadowed valley which we cannot forget: Azanulbizar, the Dimrill Dale, which the Elves call Nanduhirion.'

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 3, The Ring Goes South

[Said Gandalf,] 'We fought far under the living earth.... In that despair my enemy [the Balrog of Moria] 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, 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.

'There upon Celebdil was a lonely window in the snow, and before it lay a narrow space, a dizzy eyrie above the mists of the world. The sun shone fiercely there, but all below was wrapped in cloud. ... I threw down my enemy, and he fell from the high place and broke the mountainside where he smote it in his ruin.

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

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 24Jun04

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