"...but Beren despoiled him of his gear and weapons, and took his knife, Angrist. That knife was made by Telchar of Nogrod, and hung sheathless by his side; iron it would cleave as if it were green wood."
The Silmarillion, Of Beren and Lúthien

Angrist was a knife made by Telchar of Nogrod and borne by Curufin, one of Fëanor's sons. It was taken from Curufin by Beren, who used it to cut a Silmaril out of Melkor's Iron Crown. However, as he was attempting to remove a second Silmaril, the knife broke and it cut Melkor. 


During the First Age, Beren and Lúthien encountered Celegorm and Curufin in the forest of Brethil. A fight ensued when the brothers attempted to kidnap Lúthien. Curufin's knife, Angrist, was taken by Beren. Later, during the Quest for the Silmaril, Beren used Angrist to cut the Silmaril from Melkor's crown. As Beren was trying to cut a second Silmaril, however, the knife snapped and its shard grazed Melkor on the cheek, awakening him. Angrist was left behind when Beren escaped Angband.[1]


In Sindarin, Angrist means "Iron-cutter", from ang ("iron") and ris ("to cut").[2][3]

Other versions of the legendariumEdit

The blade is first described in The Lays of Beleriand in several of the poems and stories, where it had been forged by the Wicked dwarves of Nogrod.

In later versions and the version published in The Silmarillion, this blade became Angrist, which was originally the blade of Curufin. It still maintained its Dwarven heritage, further being described as having been forged by Telchar of Nogrod (in earlier versions he was of Belegost). Although the evil connotations of it being enchanted dark weapon or having  'betrayed' him were played down or removed in the published version.[4]

In earliest versions of the story the knife was once taken from the kitchens of Tevildo.

Beren and Lúthien reintroduces both of these accounts (along with the reintroduction of the treacherous dwarves) to the 'complete story' as told in the 2017 release.

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ዓንግሪስት
Arabic انغرست
Armenian Անգրիստ
Belarusian Cyrillic Ангріст
Bengali অংরিস্ট ?
Bulgarian Cyrillic Ангрист
Chinese (Hong Kong) 安格瑞斯特
Dari انگریست
Georgian ანგრისთ
Greek Ανγριστ
Gujarati આઙ્રિસ્ત ?
Hebrew אנגריסת
Hindi आङ्रिस्त
Japanese アングリスト
Kannada ಅಂಗ್ರಿಸ್ಟ್
Korean 안그리스트
Kurdish ئنگریست ? (Arabic script) Angrist (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Ангрист
Macedonian Cyrillic Ангрист
Marathi आङ्रिस्त
Mongolian Cyrillic Ангрист
Nepalese आङ्रिस्त
Pashto آنګریست
Persian انگریست
Russian Ангрист
Sanskrit आङ्रिस्त्
Serbian Ангрист (Cyrillic) Angrist (Latin)
Sinhalese ආඞ්‍රිස්ත් ?
Tajik Cyrillic Ангрист
Tamil ஆங்ரிஸ்த் ?
Thai ะงริสต ?
Tibetan ཱནྒྲིསྟ
Tigrinya ዓንግሪስት
Ukrainian Cyrillic Анґріст
Urdu انگراسٹ
Uyghur ئنگرىست
Uzbek Ангрист (Cyrillic) Angrist (Latin)
Yiddish אַנגריסט


  1. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XIX: "Of Beren and Lúthien"
  2. The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 5: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"
  4. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 5: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Two: "Valinor and Middle-earth before The Lord of the Rings"