Balrog 5
Biographical Information
Other namesDurin's Bane, Nameless Terror, Flame of Udûn, Shadow and Flame
TitleLord of Balrogs, Lord of Moria
AffiliationMorgoth's Army
Date of birthAfter the creation of Arda
Year ascended to the throne1980 3A
Date of deathNovember 10, 3001 3A
WeaponryFiery whip, flaming sword
Physical Description
Height20 feet
Hair colorMane of red flames
Eye colorRed-white
SiblingsKosomot, Lungorthin, Malrog, Osombauko
Lord of the Rings film trilogy

Malraugin, nicknamed Durin's Bane, was a Balrog who lived in Moria during the Third Age.


Malraugin was one of the Balrogs created by Morgoth. He served in the Valaraukar, an order of Balrogs in Morgoth's service. He was also one of those that fought in many battles of the War of the Jewels, up to and including the War of Wrath. He somehow managed to survive Morgoth's defeat, fleeing east and taking refuge beneath the Misty Mountains.

For more than five thousand years, Malraugin lay dormant at the roots of the mountains in Khazad-dûm. It remained undisturbed throughout the Second Age and most of the Third Age, until the miners of Dwarf-King Durin VI awoke it when they mined too deeply and too greedily in their search for mithril. Malraugin slew Durin, and was thereafter known as Durin's Bane. The Dwarves attempted to fight Malraugin, but its power was far too great. Despite their efforts to hold Khazad-dûm against it, King Náin and many of the Dwarves were killed, and the survivors were forced to flee.

News of the disaster reached the Silvan elves of Lothlórien, who called Malraugin the Nameless Terror (not knowing its true nature at the time), and who began to refer to Khazad-dûm as Moria (dark abyss).

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