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Tolkien Week: Andúril, Flame of the West
"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. And Aragorn gave it a new name and called it Andúril, Flame of the West." ~J.R.R. Tolkien
One of the most beautiful things about reading Tolkien is that he took the time to describe everything in his world with immaculate precision. That being said, this is also a reason that some readers dislike his books!
Tolkien went to great lengths to make sure that his readers saw what he saw while immersing themselves into his grand adventures. This applies, most certainly, to the weaponry that his characters use in The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring trilogy.
Andúril, is also known as the Flame of the West, the Sword that was Broken, the Sword Reforged. This is the sword that Aragorn is given by the Council of Elrond and the elves of Rivendell. After they reforge the sword from the shards of Narsil, they give him the sword, proof of his heritage as the heir of Isildur. He takes it with him on the remainder of his journeys and adventures, never departing with it again*. Galadriel and Celeborn give Aragorn a scabbard when they are together in Lothlórien. The sheath, made by Galadhrim, was enchanted so that the sword held within could never be marred, even in death or defeat. It could not be broken or even stained. The enchantment also protected the sword so that no man, other than Aragorn, could draw it from it's sheath without being killed.
*Aragorn is forced to leave Andúril temporarily when meeting King Théoden of Rohan. The companions were not allowed to be armed when they met the king. Aragorn warned Háma at that time that if he touches his sword, it would kill him.
J.R.R. Tolkien is one of my all time favorite authors. When the movies came out, I obviously HAD to see them. My husband and I went together with a group of friends - including my brothers (lol). This was my first "date" ever. Many years later, we were getting married.
At my wedding, my brothers got together with my husband's brother and gave us a really cool set of gifts. My husband was Irish-American and my family is Cherokee. The brothers gifted me an antique Celtic Dagger, and my husband an ornamental Native American spear. Then, together, they gifted him (mine!) with our own beautiful replica of Andúril. It was a amazing little ceremony that they put together. (I was impressed!)

My husband promptly tried to cut the cake with it!

Here she is: Andúril. She is made of stainless steel and 24kt gold plating. The entire sword is 52 7/8th inches long in total. The blade alone measures at 40 5/8th inches.
When I put the point on the ground at my toes, the end of the hilt almost reaches all the way up to my shoulder!
The hilt is wrapped in genuine leather. The cross guard and pommels are solid metal with 24kt gold fittings. It's very heavy!
The blade is inscribed in Quenyan, on of the Elven languages. The inscription states, "Anar. Nányë Andúril I né Narsil i macil Elendilo. Lercuvantan i móli Mordórëo. Isil."
This translates into, "Sun. I am Andúril who was once Narsil, sword of Elendil. The slaves of Mordor shall flee from me. Moon".
This beautiful plague was also included with our sword. (I had to edit this photo to ensure that you could see the gold leaf properly!)
I now have Andúril hanging in my home library. It serves as a beautiful centerpiece to the room, counterbalancing my fireplace and serving as a lovely, loving reminder of a special day!
What was your favorite weapon or prop from the movies?
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@VinMcCarthy that should have read Halo Legends. They did entire movies made up of vignettes. Both were animated, though. Obviously, that one was set in the world of the Halo games. (You really need to see that!!) Ani-matrix was all set in the Matrix and done in anime style animations. They're really cool. Each vignette had a different director/writer, etc. That would be an interesting option for Silmarillion, but I'd still rather see it in live action!!
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@Butterflyblu I actually saw a couple of the halo vignettes, and If I'm being honest, I really didn't care about it. they just did more I think called Halo nightfall. I've heard of ani-matrix, and netflix keeps trying to get me to watch it. I just don't know how much I care about the Matrix anymore. either way, I think it could be cool to do live-action vignettes for the Silmarillion. but honestly, Beren and Luthien's story and a couple other stories could be written (by a good writer) into a solid feature-length script.
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@butterflyblu I didn't know at first you meant legends.
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@VinMcCarthy No worries. I understand. There were a couple of them that I didn't like at all. Tis the chance you take when every one is done by a different director, etc. Yes I agree, however, about Beren and Luthien's story. I know they used a bit of it in the movies to enhance the story of Aragorn and Arwen, though. I do still think they should make it.
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I actually thought the way they did aragorn and arwen's story was dumb as hell, from a book fan standpoint. there was never any of that tension. they made elrond look like a douche for wanting them to be together as human and elf, even though he wouldn't exist if it weren't for a human and elf pairing. ugh...
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