People often ask me about
the derivation of my name, what it means, or if there is some ethnic group
or language connected with it. Although I know many meanings for
Moria, I am amazed that I continue to find yet more, on and on.
The infamous Tolkien meaning
of Moria, from The Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkien. (This is probably
what I am asked about most often.)
description of Moria "In J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional
world, Middle-earth, Moria (also known as Khazad-dûm, The Black
Chasm, The Black Pit, Dwarrowdelf, Hadhodrond, and Phurunargian) is the
name given to the underground city, mines, and connected tunnels that run
through the central Misty Mountains. There, for many thousands of years,
a thriving Dwarvish community created the greatest city ever known." However....
"By the end of the Third Age, at the time of the events of The Lord of
the Rings, Moria had become a dark and cursed place."
of Moria. This description of the Mountains of Moria
is also from Wikipedia.
Mines of Moria. A place in the Tolkien Trilogy ("The Lord of the
Rings"). This page has nice pictures of Moria.
Mines of Moria A Tolkien fan site
of the Rings dictionary (M-Q) (scroll down to "Moria")
The computer game Moria,
which is (vaguely) related to the JRR Tolkien place Moria:
Mount Moria in Israel, and
as referenced in The Bible:
Moria (Jerusalem, Israel). Mount Moria is spelled
both Moria and Moriah, and is pronounced several ways.
Western Wall timeline "1000 BC - Purchasing Mount Moria: King
David conquered Jerusalem, which was a Jebusite city located on the Ophel
hill, southeast of today's Old City area. He bought a neighboring hill,
which was later identified with Mount Moria (the site of Isaac's
sacrifice), on which he placed the Ark of the Covenant."
Moria Eliat (Eliat,
Israel) A hotel, of course.
Encyclopedia, detailed descriptions of the topography of the area:
"(b) Mount Moria, or the Eastern Hill, is a narrow promontory connected
with Mount Bezetha"..... "Upon its highest crest (2443 feet) was the domain
of Ornan (Areuna), the Jebusite, where Solomon built the Temple and his
palaces. This is the summit called Moria..." ...
begins near the so-called Tombs of the Judges, and descends... thence south,
becoming a deep gorge separating Mount Moria from the Mount of Olives
and the Mount of Offence.... it is crossed by a bridge which has
replaced one of the Jewish period. This older Jewish bridge gave access,
on the right, to a staircase cut in the rock and leading up to the north
side of the Temple, and, on the left, to a similar staircase leading up
to the Mount of Olives. To the left of the bridge is the Garden of Gethsemani...."
Hebrew meaning: God is
Moria, a town in South Africa
Head for Moria News item about notables heading for Moria, South
Africa for Easter.
page about the Capricorn region of South Africa: " Some of the
most significant landmarks in the area are the impressive University of
the North and the Zion City at Moria. This is the seat of the Zion Christian
Church, a church with the largest following in South Africa. During
Easter Weekend each year, millions of followers congregate here.
Soria Moria: I'm
not sure what exactly Soria Moria is. Then again, maybe Soria
Moria is a bunch of things. There are many web pages with various references
to it, but few that are in English. Here are a few clues:
Oslo, Norway. Pictures
from Soria Moria Hotel!!
and Moria, the travels of 2 bears,
beginning near Oslo, Norway.
Moria Castle, The Red Fairy Book, by Andrew Lang "West Wind!
West Wind! Canst thou tell me the way to Soria Moria Castle? Here
is one who would go thither."
Moria Castle, from Popular Tales from the Norse. Pretty much the
same story as from The Red Fairy Book. "Thou Moon, thou Moon," she screamed,
"canst thou tell me the way to Soria Moria Castle?"
Moria" by Sissel, a Norwegian singer, including a song (track
#7) "Soria Moria". Here
are the words to the song Soria Moria (in Norwegian, I presume).
Ahh, apparently Sissel is much
taken with the fairy tale about Soria Moria.
Here is a very nice picture
Roman Aqueduct at Moria, on the Greek Isle Lesbos (birthplace of
page has some more nice pictures of Lesbos (also spelled Lesvos). Scroll
down to the bottom of the page for a description of the town Moria
and the Roman Aqueduct.
Island history: "The theatre of Mytilene originally build in the 5th
Century B.C. was renovated by the Romans. An aqueduct was build to ensure
that sufficient water supplies reached Mytilene. The remains of the aqueduct
can still be found in MORIA."
Moria Cemetery, in Deadwood, South Dakota.
Scroll down for pictures of the grave sites of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity
makers of Moria Lasik Instruments: "Since 1996 when MORIA
decided to enter the Refractive Surgery market, the Lasik procedure has
become one of the largest businesses in Ophthalmic Surgery. MORIA has
contributed to this fantastic adventure with constant innovation, intensive
training and educational programs worldwide."
local band Moria, in Salinas, California.
In case you are wondering, Moria "Sounds Like: Blood Has Been Shed,
Blind Guardian, Dead To Fall" (those are other groups)
inhabited planet Moria, in a series of computer games and books
called StarCraft. This description is from Wikipedia. "Moria is
a mineral-rich world in the StarCraft universe, located in the Koprulu
Sector." ... "The original colonists of Moria arrived in the Argo,
a vessel whose databanks were rendered inaccessible when it crashed on
There are several other meanings
or associations of Moria which I have been told about, but which I have
not found web pages for (yet).
Finally, here are a couple
of things that are "close", but not Moria: