|“||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
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 was 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, it 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 nguruthos
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:
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.
After Gil-galad's deathEdit
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.
Appearances in the Books and FilmsEdit
In the booksEdit
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 the filmsEdit
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
- ↑ The Silmarillion, Index of Names
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter II: "The Council of Elrond"
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings, Index
- ↑ The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age
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