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- "I was at the Battle of Dagorlad before the Black Gate of Mordor, where we had the mastery: for the Spear of Gil-Galad and the Sword of Elendil, Aiglos and Narsil, none could withstand."
- —Elrond to the Council, at Rivendell
Aiglos or Aeglos (meaning "snow-point" or "snow-thorn" or more commonly "icicle") was the famed glaive of Gil-galad. He wielded Aiglos in the War of the Last Alliance, and it was greatly feared by the forces of Sauron.
Aeglos was the name of the spear that belonged to Gil-galad, the High King of the Ñoldor, who was slain during the War of the Last Alliance. In The Fellowship of the Ring it is also called a lance, suggesting that Gil-galad used it as such on horseback. It stood nine feet high; the blade was recurved and almost two feet long and in the movie was etched in brass filigree. The spear must surely have been in Gil-galad's possession for some time before the Battle of Dagorlad, and may well have dated back to the First Age or even before but Tolkien never wrote about it. Nevertheless, the Battle is the only situation where the spear explicitly appears. The blade bears the following Elvish inscription:
Gil-galad ech vae vaegannen matha
Aith heleg nín i orch gostatha
Nin cíniel na ngurutho
Hon ess nín istatha:
Gil-galad wields a well-made spear
The Orc will fear my point of ice
When he sees me, in fear of death
He will know my name:
Origin of the name Edit
Aeglos means "snow-point" or "icicle." The element aeg means "point" from ayak meaning "sharp, pointed". The element los means "snow". There are two variant spellings of this spear's name, Aiglos and Aeglos (though they are pronounced in the same way, and would be written identically in Elvish characters). Aiglos is the spelling in most earlier editions of The Lord of the Rings, but has been adjusted in more recent editions to Aeglos. It was called such because when orcs saw this spear, they would recognize it by its reputation as a weapon, which would bring a cold death to them.
What happened after Gil-galad's death Edit
Tolkien never wrote about what happened to Aeglos after the death of its wielder, but there are two principal schools of thought:
- Some people believe that after Gil-galad fell in battle at the foot of Mount Doom, Aiglos was borne by Elrond back to Rivendell. Here it was placed in the study of Elrond (or the grand chamber).
- Another possibility is that when Gil-galad and Elendil were slain by Sauron, the blade of Aiglos melted and the rest of the spear was buried with its wielder.
In literature Edit
Tolkien mentions Aeglos in the following places:
- "I was at the Battle of Dagorlad before the Black Gate of Mordor, where we had the mastery: for the Spear of Gil-Galad and the Sword of Elendil, Aiglos and Narsil, none could withstand"
- —Elrond to the Council 
- "Against Aeglos the spear of Gil-galad none could stand"
- — The Silmarillion
In James Farrell's finished version of "The Lost Road", the Spear Aiglos is said to be the spear borne by the elf Lure (Lugh of the Long Hand) in the Battle of Magh Turied, with which he drove out the unbreakable magic eye of Balor the Fomor champion. There it is described as being wrought of blue and silver metal on a shaft of white wood, glowing with icy blue light and cleaving objects like ice splits stone.
In movie Edit
In the Lord of the Rings film trilogy by Peter Jackson, Gil-galad, portrayed by Mark Ferguson, appears very briefly in the first film during the opening prologue sequence a few moments before Sauron enters the battle. He is never mentioned by name in any of the films, although he is mentioned in the behind the scenes documentaries included with the Extended Edition DVD of The Fellowship of the Ring.
See also Edit
|Weapons of Middle-earth|
|Aeglos | Andúril | Anglachel | Anguirel | Angrist | Aranrúth | Belthronding | Dagmor | Dailir | Dramborleg | Durin's Axe | Glamdring | Grond | Grond (Warhammer) | Gúthwinë | Gurthang | Herugrim | Morgul-blade | Narsil | Orcrist | Red Arrow | Ringil | Sting|
- ↑ The Fellowship of the Ring: "The Council of Elrond," p. 256
- ↑ The Silmarillion: "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age," p. 295