The Bridge of Khazad Dum
Howard Shore Lyrics


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Urus ni buzra!
Arras talbabi filluma!
Ugrud tashniki kurduma!
Lu! Lu! Lu!
Urkhas tanakhi!

'Fire in the deep!
Flames lick our skin!
Fear rips our heart!




No! No! No!
The demon comes!'

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Howard Shore's song "The Bridge of Khazad-Dûm" describe a scene from J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Fellowship of the Ring". The Fellowship, including Frodo, Gandalf, and the other hobbits, are crossing a long, narrow bridge in the mines of Moria. As they are crossing, they hear the distant sound of drums and chanting. Suddenly, a fiery demon appears, known as a Balrog, and begins attacking the group. The lyrics convey the fear and desperation felt by the Fellowship as they face this terrifying creature.


The first line, "Urus ni buzra!" translates to "Fire in the deep!" The flames of the Balrog are consuming the dwarven depths of Moria. The second line, "Arras talbabi filluma!", suggests that the flames are so intense that they are licking the skin of the group, burning them. The third line, "Ugrud tashniki kurduma!", reveals that the Fellowship is not only afraid, but their hearts are being ripped apart by the fear they feel. The repeated phrase "Lu! Lu! Lu!" is a cry to Durin's Bane, urging it to leave them alone. Finally, "Urkhas tanakhi!" warns of the demon's approach and reinforces the idea that the Fellowship is in grave danger.


Overall, the lyrics of "The Bridge of Khazad-Dûm" capture the fear and danger of the scene from Tolkien's iconic novel. They convey the heat, flames, and destruction caused by the Balrog and reveal the desperate situation of the Fellowship as they try to survive.


Line by Line Meaning

Urus ni buzra!
Fire in the deep!


Arras talbabi filluma!
Flames lick our skin!


Ugrud tashniki kurduma!
Fear rips our heart!


Lu! Lu! Lu!
No! No! No!


Urkhas tanakhi!
The demon comes!




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: HOWARD SHORE, PHILIPPA BOYENS

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@ericgarcia6537

Today I'm 38. May 9th, 2024. I've achieved more than many and less than some. I still can't help but think of my shortcomings and failures now that I've reached the halfway mark of my life expectancy. This song is a testament to humanity's depth. To some, it's the definitive moment of the loss of a brother, a sister, a parent, a friend, a lover, a child... To me, it is all of the above. This score will always make me weep for my own reasons. I don't seek a following. I just pray that I relate to someone that feels the same way as me and if I do, just know that on a level of the soul, I see you. ❤

@Mors_Umber

What a beautiful composition. Middle earth probably wouldn't be near as good without Howard Shore's music

@bruisedbug

You're never too young to have a Vietnam flashback

@cold_static

Having one right now

@fantasybabydino

bro your name transcends time

@fastingislife3766

👀🤣😂🤣🤣🤣

@NoriakiCuckyoin

i miss the vietnam flashback memes that were associated with this song and not Adagio for Strings

@bruisedbug

@@NoriakiCuckyoin yeah goddamn, this brings me back..

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@rainer_uncrowned

Give them a moment- for pity’s sake!

@danielchiusura214

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