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Crown of Durin

Type: Miscellaneous

Other Names: Durin's Crown


The constellation of the Plough (Big Dipper), as Durin saw it reflected from the surface of the Mirrormere:
Star, as emblem:... Seven stars (above a crown and anvil), emblems of Durin... had eight rays;... represented the Plough [the stellar constellation also known as the Big Dipper]....

The Return of the King, LoTR, Index

'Come with me, Frodo!' cried the dwarf, springing from the road. 'I would not have you go without seeing Kheled-zâram.'....

They stooped over the dark water. At first they could see nothing. Then slowly they saw the forms of the encircling mountains mirrored in a profound blue, and the peaks were like plumes of white flame above them; beyond there was a space of sky. There like jewels sunk in the deep shone glinting stars, though sunlight was in the sky above....

'O Kheled-zâram fair and wonderful!' said Gimli. 'There lies the Crown of Durin till he wakes. Farewell!'

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

The world was young, the mountains green,
No stain yet on the Moon was seen,
No words were laid on stream or stone
When Durin woke and walked alone.
He stooped and looked in Mirrormere,
And saw a crown of stars appear,
As gems upon a silver thread,
Above the shadow of his head.
But still the sunken stars appear
In dark and windless Mirrormere;
There lies his crown in water deep,
Till Durin wakes again from sleep.

From The world was young, the mountains green
The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 4, A Journey in the Dark

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 14Jul04, 10Aug04, 11Jan11

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