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Fingolfin vs.Morgoth
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Manufacturer Elves
Owners Fingolfin
Books The Silmarillion
The History of Middle-earth

"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[1]

Ringil was the sword of Fingolfin, the High King of the Ñoldor.


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.[1] 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 subjets would wish to handle the blade, after the greivous injury it dealt to Morgoth.


The name Ringil may have come from the Quenya ringa ("damp, cold, chilly")[2] or ringi ("cold").[3]

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ሪንጊል
Arabic رينجيل
Armenian Րինգիլ
Belarusian Рінгіл ?
Bulgarian Рингил
Chinese (Hong Kong) 璘及爾
Dari رینگیل
Georgian რინგილ
Greek Ρινγιλ
Hebrew רינגיל
Kazakh Рінгіл
Kurdish رینگیل (Arabic script) Ringil (Latinised)
Macedonian Рингил
Mongolian Рингил
Pashto رینګیل ?
Persian رینگیل ?
Russian Рингил
Sanskrit रिङिल्
Serbian Рингил (Cyrillic) Ringil (Latinised)
Tajik Рингил
Tibetan རིནྒིལ
Tigrinya ሪንጊል
Ukrainian Рінґіл
Urdu رنگال
Uyghur رىنگىل
Uzbek Рингил (Cyrillic) Ringil (Latinised)
Yiddish רינגיל


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Silmarillion', Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XVIII: "Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"
  2. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 1: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part I
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 5: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"

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