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Background Information
Other Names
Manufacturer Telchar
Made Iron
Usage For cutting
Owners Curufin, Beren
Books The Silmarillion
The History of Middle-earth
"...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]

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Hong Kong) 安格瑞斯特
Russian Ангрист


  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"

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