I was wondering what Andúril looks like, and I know that distinctive look John Howe gives it, with the holes on the ends.


As far as I remember, John Howe wrote in his site that all Numenorean swords look like that, though it may have been a joke. I want to know what Numenorean (and Gondorian) swords look like. They do seem to have a distinctive look, since in FOTR: "The Ring Goes South", Boromir's sword is described as being

a long sword, in fashion like Andúril but of less lineage

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    Anduril is actually a Dwarvish sword; in it's pre-broken incarnation as Narsil it was forged by Telchar of Nogrod, who was also responsible for the knife used by Beren to cut a Silmaril from Morgoth's crown and for Turin's Dragon Helm. See the Two Towers chapter King of the Golden Hall: "Telchar first wrought it in the deeps of time." More info at glyphweb.com/arda/n/narsil.html
    – user8719
    May 4, 2013 at 14:08
  • @mho1 Thanks, I'd to +100 for that! By the way, have a look at the tolkien chat room.
    – MadTux
    May 4, 2013 at 14:10
  • Oh, it doesn't deserve rep because it doesn't answer your question; it's just an interesting observation.
    – user8719
    May 4, 2013 at 14:18
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    @mh01 Well, it did save me from finding out information on Numenorean swords, and then (falsely) transfer that to Narsil/Anduril. Did you peep in the chat room?
    – MadTux
    May 4, 2013 at 14:20
  • @mh01 Of course, an other question is if Narsil was forged in Dwarvish style.
    – MadTux
    May 4, 2013 at 14:22

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The sword of Elendil was forged anew by Elvish smiths, and 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; for Aragorn, son of Arathorn was going to war upon the marches of Mordor. 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.

from The Fellowship of the Ring, The Ring Goes South. There's the best description of it you're gonna get! Enjoy!

  • That's a great find, but can you edit some citations into it? I think it's a helpful partial answer, but still doesn't answer the OP since the elves re-forged Anduril but were not the original forgers, who were dwarves.
    – FoxMan2099
    Aug 4, 2013 at 20:09
  • There ya go, I added some citations but I shouldn't add the page numbers since it's different in every book/format. as far as your second point goes, you can assume it's appearance is still exactly the same as before when it was Anduril. As far as the appearance of other weapons go, I doubt any weapons of the Third Age looked half as beautiful as Anduril/Narsil which was forged by the First Age Dwarf Telchar. Hope that helped a bit! Aug 5, 2013 at 5:51
  • I already saw that, should have put it in the question. . .
    – MadTux
    Aug 14, 2013 at 18:47
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    "Reforging" a sword is a weird description to be honest. If a sword is to have any strength you would have to completely melt it down and add more steel (or whatever Middle Earth swords are made of) to compensate for that which will be removed in the manufacturing process. Good swords get part of their strength from cooling as a complete object, and simply joining the shards of a broken sword would be likely to leave it incredibly weak.
    – vogomatix
    Jun 10, 2014 at 5:05
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    @vogomatix: You're forgetting that: 1. Elven smithy is unlike that of Humans and 2. It's MAAAAAGIIIIC...
    – einpoklum
    Sep 21, 2014 at 21:30

Tolkien would probably have in mind Anglo-Saxon/Viking swords as the weapon of choice, as the poetry and mythology of Middle Earth has a basis in his studies in that area. I would also go for that style in preference to a sword of a later era which would emphasise thrusting more (e.g. Estoc). The limited description of the fights imply a cutting style of use.

I would suggest that you look at Viking pattern-welded swords as the basis, with something like the sword of Elendil being a little like an +VLFBERH+T sword in quality and characteristics.

I would also go for a high quality but functional look instead of being very ornate. Killing people and orcs is a serious business and unnecessary adornment could affect your chances in a fight.

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