Top Ten Weapons in Middle Earth LoreCredit for descriptions goes to The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien Gateway wikis.
The Top Ten
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The name Ringil may have come from the Quenya “ringa” ("damp, cold, chilly") or “ringi” ("cold"). It was the sword of Fingolfin, the first High King of the Ñoldor. It bit with chilling cold, a blade that glittered like ice by the light of the stars. Fingolfin wielded it to great effect against Morgoth during their duel, wounding him seven times. However, he was slain by the Dark Lord, who broke Fingolfin's neck with his foot. With his last breath, Fingolfin hewed Morgoth's foot with Ringil, rendering him lame for the rest of his existence.
Its name is Sindarin for “Foe-Hammer”. Also called “Beater” by orcs, this sword was originally forged for Turgon, the King of Gondolin. But it is best known as the sword Gandalf wielded during the War of the Ring. In Tolkien's writings, Glamdring's color when glowing is always described as white. The sword is inscribed with runes in the Elven language. In the movies the runes say, “Turgon Aran Gondolin, Tortha gar a matha Glamdring, Vegil Glamdring good daelo. Dam an Glamhoth." which translates to "Turgon, King of Gondolin, wields, has, and holds the sword Glamdring, Foe of Morgoth's realm, Hammer of the Orcs."
In the language of the Gondolindrim, Dramborleg means "Thudder-sharp", from "daram" ("beat, hew") or "dram" ("heavy stroke"). Dramborleg was the great axe wielded by Tuor during the First Age. During the Fall of Gondolin, Tuor used Dramborleg to clove five Balrogs to death.
The name Orcrist means "Goblin-cleaver", from "Orc" and the Sindarin “ris” ("to cut"). The Orcs also called it “Biter”. Orcrist, along with Glamdring its “mate”, are described in The Hobbit as having "...beautiful scabbards and jeweled hilts.” The sword is said to have "killed hundreds of goblins in its time.” The sword's original wielder is never stated in any of Tolkien’s writings. However, it is widely speculated that one of the Lords of the Gondolindrim was the wielder of Orcrist. In particular, Ecthelion of the Fountain led a charge and killed countless Orcs with his sword. The fact that the Orcs of the Misty Mountains feared Orcrist, may be attributed to this.
Orcrist became the sword of Thorin Oakenshield during The Quest for Erebor. Upon his death, the sword was placed upon Thorin's tomb under the Lonely Mountain, and it "gleamed ever in the dark if foes approached".
In Sindarin, Angrist means "Iron-cutter", from “ang” ("iron") and “ris” ("to cut"). Angrist was a knife made by a famous dwarven smith, and borne by Curufin, one of Fëanor's sons. It was used to cut a Silmaril out of Melkor's Iron Crown.
Sting was an Elven shortsword made in Gondolin during the First Age. Sting was like Glamdring and Orcrist in that "being the work of Elvish smiths in the Elder Days, these swords shone with a cold light if any Orcs were near at hand." But only Sting was definitively described as glowing blue, or glittering with blue flame at its edges. After wielding it during the Quest for Erebor, Bilbo Baggins had it engraved with the Sindarin text, “Maegnas aen estar nin dagnir in yngyl I'm”. Translated into English, it reads, "Sting is my name; I am the spider's bane."
Aeglos, or Aiglos, was the famed glaive of Gil-galad, the last High King of the Ñoldor, and was used during the War of the Last Alliance. Its name means "snow-point" or "icicle." It was called such because when orcs saw this spear, they would recognize it by its reputation as a weapon which would bring a cold death to them. In the movies, the blade bears the following Elvish inscription:
Gil-galad ech vae vaegannen matha
Aith heleg nín I orch gostatha
Nin cíniel na nguruthos
Hon ess nín istatha: Aeglos
(Gil-galad wields a well-made spear
The Orc will fear my point of ice
When he sees me, in fear of death
He will know my name: Aeglos)
"The sword Anglachel was forged anew...by the cunning smiths of Nargothrond, and though ever black its edges shone with pale fire."
Gurthang was the sword of Túrin Turambar. Its name means "Iron of Death". Túrin used Gurthang to slay the dragon Glaurung. When Túrin discovered that his wife, Nienor Níniel, was also his sister, and that she had killed herself, Túrin in despair fell upon Gurthang, killing himself and breaking the blade beneath him. But first, according to the tale, the sword seemed to have a will of its own and spoke to Túrin. The shards of Gurthang were buried with him.
Oh, wow, you're right. How could I forget to add this? I was thinking more physical weapons than pure magical.
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Morgul-blades, also called "Morgul-knives", were magical and poisonous daggers that were used by the Ringwraiths during the Third Age. After having tasted flesh, the dagger breaks, leaving a shard of the blade in its victim. The remaining blade soon turns to dust, and the shard works its way through the body to the heart. If the shard of the blade stays in the victim for too long, the victim becomes a wraith.
In Frodo’s case, Elrond was able to remove the shard and heal the wound, but each year on the anniversary of receiving the wound from the Morgul-blade, Frodo became seriously ill. Only his eventual departure to the Undying Lands offered a permanent cure.
Dwalin’s battle axes. Each of the Hobbit film's actors had a voice in the nature and design of their own weaponry. Graham McTavish, who plays Dwalin, named the dwarf's twin battle axes Grasper and Keeper. The actor reportedly said, "This one Grasps your soul, this one Keeps it."
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