What are swords/knives such as Sting, Anduril, Guthwine made of? Iron? Steel? Mithril?

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    Metal, I'd wager.
    – Valorum
    Aug 23, 2021 at 20:37
  • 5
    Just those three? In general?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Aug 23, 2021 at 20:47
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    Re: Sting, in the film at least, Gandalf says they are made of Elves......................."the blade is of Elvish make" ;D
    – NKCampbell
    Aug 23, 2021 at 22:26
  • @FuzzyBoots I was just giving examples
    – user128845
    Aug 24, 2021 at 0:04
  • Any idea why think any known sword would be made of a metal other then steel?
    – Mithoron
    Aug 24, 2021 at 18:22

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Steel or Mithril mostly with a sprinkle of magic.

I don't believe there is any reference in the books or to the material that was used. Only just general nods that the Elves were smithing with steel and/or Mithril in the first age when those, at least Sting, was created. Granted they were doing something in their smithing process that seemed magical to other races. Hence, why Sting glows blue.

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    Not so clear there's any "magic" involved. Galadriel said, '... this is what your folk would call magic. I believe; though I do not understand clearly what they mean; and they seem also to use the same word of the deceits of the Enemy. '"
    – Mark Olson
    Aug 23, 2021 at 20:52
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    Anduril, as Narsil, was also made in the First Age, though by a Dwarf, which might or might not have made Mithril more likely. Guthwine (Eomer's sword), made in later in Rohan, was much less likely to have exotic material. Aug 23, 2021 at 20:54