'For here alone in the world was found Moria-silver,
or true-silver as some have called it: mithril is the Elvish
name. The Dwarves have a name which they do not tell. Its worth was ten
times that of gold, and now it is beyond price... Mithril! All
folk desired it. It could be beaten like copper and polished like glass;
and the Dwarves could make of it a metal, light and yet harder than tempered
steel. Its beauty was like to that of common silver, but the beauty of
mithril did not tarnish or grow dim. The Elves dearly loved it,
and among many uses they made of it ithildin, starmoon, which you
saw upon the doors. Bilbo has a corslet of mithril-rings that Thorin
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