Espadas


Espadas. Cuanto abarca esta simple palabra. Increible. Bueno, vamos al grano: las espadas famosas de la historia. Hay muchas, si, pero solo veremos unas pocas, especialmente seleccionadas.


"Hail Gurthang! No lord or loyalty dost thou know, save the hand that wieldeth thee. From no blood wilt thou shrink."


From the last words of Turin Turambar


Gurthang, \'Iron of Death\', was Túrin Turambar’s black sword. He found it in Nargothrond, and it was the sword that Túrin used to kill Glaurung.


Actually, Gurthang was Anglachel, “Iron of the Flaming Star”, the sword forged by Eöl the Dark Elf from an iron meteorite, and borne to Beleg of Doriath. It was later reforged by Turin Turambar. It mate was Anguirel, the sword of Elu Thingol.


Anguirel was one of a pair of iron-cutting swords forged by Eöl, the Dark Elf, from the same iron meteorite. Anguirel\'s history is far more mysterious. The only specific detail we have is that Eöl kept it for himself, but it was stolen by his son Maeglin. This must have happened when Maeglin and his mother Aredhel fled Nan Elmoth for Gondolin, so presumably the sword was taken to Turgon\'s Hidden City. What became of it after that is unknown.


Glamdring\'s it was forged some time in the second to fifth centuries of the First Age (the centuries when Gondolin existed), and that it was borne by Turgon (the only Elf to hold the title \'King of Gondolin\'). After Gondolin was built, Turgon was in battle twice: at the Nirnaeth Arnoediad and at the Fall of Gondolin. Glamdring was greatly feared by the Orcs even thousands of years later, so Turgon must have wielded it ferociously on both these occasions.


After Gondolin\'s Fall, Glamdring passed out of history for more than 6,000 years. It was carried eastward by a band of Orcs. Somehow, by the late Third Age, it had fallen into the hands of the three trolls. It was discovered by Gandalf, Bilbo and the Dwarves as they travelled eastward on the Quest of Erebor, and claimed by Gandalf. After it was identified by Elrond, Gandalf wore it for eighty years, and perhaps taken to Aman when he boarded the White Ship at the end of the Third Age. He had it with him when the White Council drove Sauron from Dol Guldur, and he bore it through the War of the Ring itself.


"...and 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."


Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age


Narsil was the Sword of Elendil, forged by Telchar of Nogrod in or before the First Age. This sword was broken in Elendil\'s fall at the Siege of Barad-dûr. Andúril, “The Flame of the West”, the sword of Aragorn Elessar, was the same Narsil, reforged by the Elves of Rivendell.


Sting was a knife manufactured in Gondolin in the First Age, carried away as spoil by the creatures of Morgoth who destroyed that city. It was rediscovered millennia later in a troll-hoard by Bilbo Baggins, who named it Sting after using it to rescue Thorin Oakenshield and his companions from the giant spiders of Mirkwood.