- "But Fingolfin gleamed beneath it as a star; for his mail was overlaid with silver, and his blue shield was set with crystals; and he drew his sword Ringil, that glittered like ice."
- —The Silmarillion 
The sword was of elvish make. It bit with chilling cold, a blade that glittered like ice by the light of the stars. Fingolfin wielded it to great effect against Morgoth during their duel before the gates of Angband, wounding him seven times. However, he was slain by the Dark Lord, who broke Fingolfin's neck with his foot. With his last breath, Fingolfin hewed Morgoth's foot with Ringil, rendering him lame for the rest of his existence. Ringil's ultimate fate is unknown, it may have been broken by Morgoth's foot, or it could have been stolen, and then experienced a similar fate to Glamdring and Orcrist. It is likely that neither Morgoth nor his subjects would wish to handle the blade, after the grievous injury it dealt to Morgoth.
Earlier versions of the legendarium Edit
Before the tales that make up the Quenta Silmarillion evolved to their final versions, Ringil was a name of one of the lamp-pillars erected by Melko (Melkor) during the days of the coming of the Valar into Middle-earth - the name of the other pillar being Helkar. Melko made the two pillars, of ice, and from the light they melted, eventually forming seas and lakes.
In the final account (the chapter "Of the Beginning of Days" of The Silmarillion), the two Lamps of the Valar themselves have names, and they are Illuin and Ormal - and it is Aulë, Yavanna, and Manwë who invent them. Ringil remained only the name of Fingolfin's sword, and bears the same meaning as it had before.
Translations around the WorldEdit
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Belarusian Cyrillic||Рінгіл ?|
|Chinese (Hong Kong)||璘及爾|
|Kurdish||رینگیل (Arabic script) Ringil (Latin)|
|Serbian||Рингил (Cyrillic) Ringil (Latinised)|
|Uzbek||Рингил (Cyrillic) Ringil (Latinised)|
|Barrow-blades • Sting|
|Durin's Axe • Orcrist|
|Grond • Grond (Warhammer) • Morgul-blade|
|Aeglos • Anglachel • Anguirel • Angrist • Aranrúth • Belthronding • Dailir • Glamdring • Orcrist • Ringil|
|Andúril • Black Arrow • Dagmor • Dramborleg • Gúthwinë • Gurthang • Herugrim • Narsil • Red Arrow|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 The Silmarillion', Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XVIII: "Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"
- ↑ The History of Middle-earth, Vol. I: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, chapter III: "The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor"
- ↑ The History of Middle-earth, Vol. I: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part I
- ↑ The History of Middle-earth, Vol. V: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"