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Anduril

Aragorn holding Andúril, the blade Narsil reforged

Swords were the main weapons used by all of the armies of Good and Evil in Tolkien's world.

In Tolkien Mythology, swords were often famous for who they belonged to or whom they slew. They were also symbols of Kingship and family heirlooms.

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Swords were probably first made by the Ñoldor 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 seemingly magical property that caused them to glow when fell creatures like orcs were near. Some swords seemed sapient to a degree, as was the case with Gurthang, which was said to have spoken to Túrin. 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.

Common Orcs used curved swords (described by Tolkien as Scimitars) while Saruman's Uruk-hai used short broad-bladed ones.

Narsil
The handle-shard of Narsil before it became Andúril
Anduril2
Anduril
Gurthang
Gurthang
EomerHelmet2
Guthwine
Glamdring
Glamdring, Gandalf's sword in Peter Jackson's trilogy Lord of the Rings
Orcrist
Orcrist, as seen in The Hobbit trilogy
Sting2
Sting

Some swords used in Middle-earth:Edit

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L

  • Lhang (Elvish two-handed sword)

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