Weapons Of The Second Age: Christopher Thompson
We all know that the Second Age of Middle-earth is filled to the brim with great characters, mythical races and creatures, literal world-changing events, and fascinating cities and landscapes. But, if there is one thing that doesn’t get talked about enough, it’s the weapons—and I’m here to change that. Today, I want to talk about some the more unique weapons in Tolkien’s legendarium, and how they could play a vital role in the upcoming Rings of Power series. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at 10 of the most interesting weapons that Middle-earth had to offer during, before and after the Second Age.
Let’s start it off with one of my personal favorites: Aeglos, the spear of Gil-galad, High-king of the Ñoldor. We see this particular weapon for a brief moment in the prologue of the Fellowship of the Ring, when Gil-galad used it to penetrate an orc’s armor. It was greatly feared by its enemies and Gil-galad used it throughout the War of the Alliance. I would be shocked if we don’t see this beautiful weapon in the Rings of Power series. It doesn’t even have to look like its movie counterpart (we really didn’t get a good look at it anyway), as long as it’s in the show, that is a win in my book!
Glamdring, also known as the Foe-hammer or the Beater, was forged in the First Age for Turgon, the King of Gondolin. Though, we do not know for certain, the sword was probably used in many battles of the First Age, before being lost throughout all of recorded Second Age history. I would not expect to see this particular weapon make an appearance in the Rings of Power series, as it wouldn’t be found again until the Third Age when Gandalf comes across it in the Trollshaws during the events of the Hobbit.
Orcrist, just like its mate Glamdring, was forged in Gondolin in the First Age of Middle-earth. Its past is even more of an enigma than Glamdring’s as its recorded history ends in the First Age before being found by Thorin and Company in the Third Age. Fun fact: If you’ve only watched the movies then you’re probably under the assumption that only Sting can glow blue when orcs or goblins are around. But, that isn’t the case, as both Glamdring and Orcrist are capable of glowing blue, as well. I doubt this fine blade will appear in the Rings of Power.
The last of the three weapons found in the Trollshaws was Sting, another sword that was forged in Gondolin by the High-elves of the First Age. It is doubtful that this particular sword was made for King Turgon, but who knows, really? Maybe he had a lot of letters that needed opening? Or maybe it was crafted as a gift for a certain princess by the name of Idril? We will probably never know for certain. What we do know, however, is the small likelihood of it appearing in the Rings of Power.
One of the more prominent weapons of the Second Age was Aranrúth. Aranrúth was the cherished sword of King Thingol in the First Age. He greatly prized this weapon, and as he passed, the sword would be handed down to the generations that followed. Elros, the brother of Elrond and the first King of Númenor, acquired this weapon from his mother, Elwing. From then on, it became a sort of artifact or heirloom, if you will, in the halls of the kings of Númenor. Sadly, however, unlike most of the swords on this list, we actually know of its grim fate. See, during the Downfall of Númenor, the sword was lost in the crushing waves that encompassed the Island—never to be seen again. I am also fully aware of the fact that Aranrúth is only mentioned in text that Amazon does not currently have the rights to, but it truly would be a shame to see such a fabled blade not make an appearance on-screen. Hopefully Amazon can ask permission from the Tolkien Estate to use some of the weapons that are only mentioned in other writings and not just those that are mentioned in the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. If the map of Númenor and the inclusion of Tirion is any indication, then it would seem as though that the Tolkien Estate is up for those discussions.
Hadhafang was the sword of Elrond Half-elven, and it bore an elvish inscription along its blade; it was also created solely for Peter Jackson’s saga and was never mentioned in any of Tolkien’s writings. According to the movie’s public material, the sword was handed down from Idril to Eärendil and then to Elrond, who used it in the War of the Last Alliance at the end of the Second Age. I would say not to look for Hadhafang in the Rings of Power, but considering some of the weapons and armor from the show look strikingly similar to their big screen counterparts, I wouldn’t be too surprised if it were to appear at some point.
Narsil, arguably the most famous sword in Tolkien’s legendarium, was created in the First Age by the dwarven craftsmen Telchar Nogrod for unknown reasons. It is theorized that the sword was crafted for King Thingol in his wars against Morgoth, but that is just speculation. Its known history is rather obscure until the end of the Second Age comes about and the sword is given to Elendil, son of Amandil. Who, by the end of his very life, would use it against the second Dark Lord himself: Sauron, during the Battle of Dagorlad in the War of the Last Alliance. During this battle, however, Elendil would fall, and the blade would break along with him. His son Isildur would pick up the broken blade, and with it, cut the Ring from Sauron’s hand. And the rest is, well, history. As for seeing it in the show: We can be 100% certain that it will indeed appear. What we aren’t sure of, however, is if it will resemble the design of the one in Peter Jackson’s films. I guess we will just have to wait and find out for ourselves.