- "...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 Feanor's sons. It was taken from Curufin by Beren, who use 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. It was the mate of Narsil.
Behind the scenesEdit
The blade 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.
The treacherous smiths of Nogrod also made Curufin's dwarvish knife; a cunning blade of dwarvish steel with hard edge, and bitter cold. Many Nogrod songs were told of it. How dwarvish armourers long ago sung slow enchantments over it, where their hammers fell (hammer songs) like the sound of a bell. It clove iron like tender wood and through mail like wool. It was wielded by Flinding/Gwindor/ Beren to cut a silmaril from Morgoth's crown. Even Morgoth's gleaming coat of armor was made of rings of steel no arrow could pierce, made of web of dwarvish craft. He was able to break a silmaril free from iron claws that held it, but the knife snapped betraying him to Morgoth when he went for a second gem.
In later versions and the version published in The Silmarillion this blade became Angrist (Sindarin for cleaver of Iron), 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.
The quality of this blade (and similar ones described in the The Lays of Beleriand) and their appearance, and abilities appears to share some similiarity to the weapons and armor made out of Galvorn created from both Elven and Dwarven knowledge in the The Silmarillion.
|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|
Angrist was a Sindarin word that meant Iron-cutter.