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The Weapons of Middle-Earth
An Intro to the Armoury
Glamdring, Glaurung, Anduril, and of course, Sting - We know these weapons that so affected the course of what happened to the user. Except for Glaurung...you might not know about that...Well anyhow, in this lens, I'll try my best to tour this Armoury. We have made copies for you to view here. From Anduril, to Sting, and even the Mace of the Witch-King! I hope you will enjoy them, and please try not to touch the tips of the swords...or the Morgul Blades...you know what happened to Frodo! Well anyway, enjoy your tour!
Narsil, the Sun and Moon
Anduril, Flame of the West
Probably the most famous of Tolkien's weapons, this weapons was forged by a Dwarf-Smith, in the First Age. It later fell into the possession of the King Elendil when he crossed over to Middle-Earth, after escaping the Downfall of Numenor. It was made as an heirloom of the House of Isildur, after it was broken in half by Sauron, during the Siege of Barad-Dur, in Mordor. Isildur used the hilt, and it's remaining piece connected to the hilt, to cut the Ring from Sauron. It was with Isildur when he was killed, but luckily was brought to Rivendell by Isildur's faithful squire, Ohtar, a survivor of the attack at the Gladden Fields. It was then entrusted to Elrond, who kept it for many, many years. Before Aragorn and the Fellowship left, Elrond had it reforged, giving it to the possesion of him. Until then, it was called Narsil. Narsil gets it name from nar, "fire", and thil, "white light". It was named like the Sun and Moon, "anar", Sun, and "isil", moon. When Aragorn received it he renamed it Anduril, for Flame of the West. He used this weapon on all of his endeavours, from Moria, Amon Hen, Helm's Deep, Minas Tirith, and the Black Gates. It then became an heirloom of his house, and was probably given to Eldarion after he died.
The appearance of Anduril is not given, in the form of a picture, by Tolkien, but Peter Jackson, in my opinion, did a pretty good job.
It is inscribed with runes, and many details. It glows, probably becuase of the elves reforging it, as Elven blades glow. It is a tall, silver blade, made by the famous Dwarven Weapon-maker, Telchar of Nogrod, the same smith who made the Helm of Hador, and Angrist, the blade that cut the Silmaril from Morgoth. It did not glow blue when orcs were near, as it was Dwarven-made, not elven-made, but glowed Red when in daylight, and White when in moonlight. It glowed after it was reforged anew, though. A few descriptions are made by Tolkien in the books:
"...on its blade was traced a device of seven stars set between the crescent Moon and the rayed Sun, and about them was written many runes... Very bright was that sword when it was made whole again; the light of the sun shone redly in it, and the light of the moon shone cold, and its edge was hard and keen."
"...the sword of Elendil filled Orcs and Men with fear, for it shone with the light of the sun and of the moon, and it was named Narsil. ...Thus Narsil came in due time to the hand of Valandil, Isildur's heir, in Imladris; but the blade was broken and its light extinguished, and it was not forged anew."
"But even as the orc flung down the truncheon and swept out his scimitar, AndÃºril came down upon his helm. There was a flash like flame and the helm burst asunder. The orc fell with cloven head."
"Aragorn threw back his cloak. The elven-sheath glittered as he grasped it, and the bright blade of AndÃºril shone like a sudden flame as he swept it out."
"Charging from the side, they hurled themselves upon the wild men. AndÃºril rose and fell, gleaming with white fire. A shout went up from wall and tower: "AndÃºril! AndÃºril goes to war. The Blade that was Broken shines again!" ...Three times Aragorn and Ãomer rallied them, and three times AndÃºril flamed in a desperate charge that drove the enemy from the wall."
Anduril remains one of the greatest swords in Middle-Earth. It is also a symbol of the Northern ingship, and of three of Tolkien's greatest characters: Elendil, Isildur, and Aragorn.
I hope you enjoyed Anduril, and return to see the Flame of the West again!
The Last Alliance - Narsil was featured at the end!
Anduril! - Flame of the West!
Sting! The Blue Blade of the Hobbit, made in Gondolin by the Elves, glows blue when orcs are near, is a symbol of fear to the Orcs - Sting is one of the most famous blade of Lord of the Rings!