Doors of Durin-Speak Friend and Enter-West-Door of Moria

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MEANING: The inscription is a riddle. The answer is a password that causes the Doors to swing open. Coop’s carving of Speak Friend and Enter, lets you bring a piece of Middle-Earth home.

In the land of J.R.R. Tolkien’s myths, the Doors of Durin, also known as the West-gate or West-door of Moria, formed the western entrance to the Dwarven city of Khazad-dum. The inscription on the archivolt read: "Ennyn Durin Aran Moria. Pedo Mellon a Minno. Im Narvi hain echant. Celebrimbor o Eregion teithant. I thiw hin." "The Doors of Durin, Lord of Moria. Speak, friend, and enter. I, Narvi, made them. Celebrimbor of Hollin drew these signs." These doors were created in the days before Sauron’s dominion in Middle-earth. This was a rare and special time of great friendship between the Elven and Dwarven kingdoms. The Doors stood open during this peaceful time, welcoming unfettered trade between nations.

THE CARVING: My Carvings are single pieces of western red cedar, designed and carved to be wall hangings. Each piece is finished with a blend of clear oils that brings out the natural color of the wood. For more information on the process of creation, please see my profile.


The pictures you see here are stock photos. What you get will depend on what we have in stock. If there are no others in stock, the time to shipping will be increased. If you desire and request something (for example) dark, we will pull the darkest board we have, but it will not necessarily be as dark as (for example) walnut would be. Western Red Cedar is the species from which roofing shingles, decks, and gazeboes have traditionally been made. It is resistant to mold, moisture, and insects. The oiling process also helps to block out damaging UV rays of the sun, so our carvings can be hung outdoors. Please be aware, that even with the oiling, the carving will eventually gray out, as any cedar will, if it is placed in direct sunlight.

 SIZE OF THE CARVINGS: The stock carvings are limited by the size of the board that starts the carving process. As the initial piece is 1 in. x 12 in., (in reality 3/4 in. x 11-3/4 in.) one side of the carving will be no greater then approximately 11-1/2 in.