Swords were the main weapons used by all of the armies of both sides in Tolkien Mythology.
In Tolkien Mythology, swords were often famous for who they belonged to or who they slew, Balin mentionned that it was also how they gained their names in the process. They were also symbols of Kingship and family heirlooms.
HistoryEditSwords were probably first made by the Noldor Elves before their expulsion from Valinor and by the Sindarin Elves of the Beleriand in Middle-earth. After the start of the War of the Jewels, all the races of the world forged them for their battles with the armies of Morgoth. Among the Elves, the Noldor were famed for their swords which were often endowed with a substance that made them Magical and glowed when enemies like orcs were near. Some swords were Sapient to a degree as was the case with Gurthang. As described in the Unfinished Tales, the Númenoreans used a short sword called an Eket. The sword was a stabbing weapon. Isildur threw all his weapons and armor away except his eket when escaping from an Orc-ambush at the Disaster of the Gladden Fields.
Some swords used in Middle-earth:Edit
- Anglachel, the sword of Turin Turambar, before being reforged as Gurthang
- Andúril, the sword of Aragorn also known as Narsil.
- Glamdring, the sword of Gandalf.
- Gúthwinë, the sword of Eomer.
- Gurthang, the sword of Túrin Turambar.
- Lhang (Elvish two-handed sword)