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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, 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.


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

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Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Hong Kong) 璘及爾


  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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