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The Grand Geode of Khazad-dûm!

Everything about the dwarven halls of Moria is extreme.

(For a headline I will drag out the dwarven name, complete with circumflex, but for the body of a post, Moria will do.  Plus that is the generally accepted name of the place in the late Third Age.)

The sheer size and scale of the works of the dwarves… well… dwarfs just about everything.

Giant Wall Dwarves

You can’t really get the scale, but if I could jump up there with the dwarf and stand next to him my character wouldn’t go much past the cuff of his boot.  And you get a bit of scale on the height of the ceiling in Moria as well, which is even more obvious when my hunter Silinus actually gets in the picture.

Mortal man for scale

With the camera pulled all the way back and you can just see the boots of that dwarven carving.  Big dwarf under a very high roof.

I can see why the men of Numenor (screw your acute accent mark, so-called men of the west) built things like that over the top bridge in Evendim.

The bridge part is between his feet

They no doubt felt they had to make their mark on Middle-earth as well.  Or maybe they too were compensating for something.

The dwarves like to go big.  So it was no surprise that they also treasure gems and the like of extraordinary character.  Remember the Arkenstone?

And thus we present the prized Geode of the dwarves.

Giant Geode

Or I assume it is their prized geode.  It is up there on a nice, well-lit display on the main path through Moria.

Again, the geode by itself does not give scale very well, so here is Silinus, a man of average height (for LOTRO) standing before the geode.

Silinus give a sense of size

That is one big geode.  Even the torches and glowing crystal holders around it are huge.

That is the sort of scale that things in Moria have.

One wonders if the dwarves had been more modest in scale if they might have been able to keep the balrog penned in the caves.  The place seems well made for giant, demonic creatures to roam at will.  But I digress.

Given that the biggest geode known to modern man had an internal cavity of less than two meters in length, it would be one for the Guinness Book if it were in the real world.

I do wonder where the dwarves found it.  The rock I have seen in Moria looks to be igneous, but geodes are more commonly found in sedimentary rock.  Maybe they found it elsewhere.  Or maybe I cannot reliably tell one sort of rock from another in a video game.

Still, that is still one massive geode.

I’ve Been to the Door

I have been out to the walls of Moria.

It took me quite a while in book/movie calendar time, though only a few minutes in real time.

After getting to Eregion, getting stable master routes, and doing a few quests, I headed to the walls of Moria.  I was told I should get there as soon as possible to do that quest line, since it yields my first epic weapon.  Epic weapons level up, so the sooner you start using them, the sooner they get experience, the sooner they get better.

There at the walls of Moria I found that the fellowship had already been and the doors were blocked.

So while I rode pretty much straight from Rivendell to the Hollin Gate without any attempt at stealth, the fellowship quietly moved across Eregion, up to the Redhorn Gate, got stuck, thought about it a bit, came back, and went into Moria.

If this were L.A. Noire I’d be calling somebody a liar about now.

And, as something else to file under the heading of “stuff that went on while the fellowship was elsewhere,” I found an expedition of dwarves at the walls trying to get into Moria themselves.  This is, no doubt, the explanation of how my characters will eventually get into the mines.

After several quests and some work by the dwarves, the door was revealed.

The door revealed at last!

There were of course, complications.

For starters, the dwarves left a couple of piles of rubble in front of the door.  You’d think with all that effort they would have finished the job.

And then there were a few dwarves who seemed to have an OCD-like obsession for throwing rocks into the great pool before the door.  They were literally heaving them into the water non-stop at two second intervals.

When a dwarf gets a mind to do something, he just goes crazy doing it I guess… unless it involves clearing a doorway.

Looks quiet to me

But, you know, that lake has a huge algae bloom going on, which I am sure means everything is safe.  I probably shouldn’t have even bothered stopping those rock throwing dwarves.  Look at that moon.  Everything is so peaceful.

We’ll just go move that rubble and head on in.

Did you hear something?