List of Swords in The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit [Updated]

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List of Famous Sword Names from The Lord of the Rings The Hobbit [Updated]

Fans of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit books and films understand the importance of the weapons wielded by the series’ heroes and villains.

The swords and daggers used by characters in the series reflect the personality and strengths of their wielders, making them important components to the overarching story.

Below is a list of some of the most famous and iconic swords used in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Learn more about the unique characteristics of each weapon, and decide which you would most like to wield.

1) Narsil 

Narsil sword
Narsil, known for its shattered shape and importance to the series. Brian Boudreau Photography / CC BY-SA

Narsil is one of the most iconic blades from The Lord of the Rings. It is wielded by Elendil and is shattered into pieces during his defeat by Sauron.

The remains of the the sword are inherited by Isildur and Narsil is used in battle with Sauron again. This time, it defeats him, and his ring is lost.

The appearance of Narsil and its use in important battles make it one of the top swords in the series.

2) Andúril

Inscriptions on the sword of Andúril, the blade crafted from the remains of Narsil. No machine-readable author provided. Geraldstiehler~commonswiki assumed (based on copyright claims)., CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The sword Andúril is made from the shards of Narsil. It is wielded by Aragorn and named by him.

While the sword is made from the heavily damaged Narsil, it possesses powers of its own. An elf enchantment strengthens the sword to prevent it from shattering again.

3) Glamdring

glamdring sword
Glamdring, the sword of Gandalf the Grey (later the White). Rama, CC BY-SA 3.0 FR, via Wikimedia Commons

Glamdring is Gandalf the Grey’s sword. It features rune inscriptions on the hilt and guard is one of the most famous swords in the series.

Like its wielder, Glamdring is elegant yet powerful. Gandalf is able to defeat Balrog with Glamdring and later becomes Gandalf the White.

4) Sting

sting sword
Both Bilbo and Frodo wield the small sword Sting. Chris Light, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Another popular sword among fans of The Hobbit is the little sword named Sting. This short sword is the perfect size for hobbits. It is first used by Bilbo Baggins, and is later given to Frodo.

Although small, this sword has a helpful feature larger swords are lacking. It has the ability to glow blue when orcs are nearby, which protects both Bilbo and Frodo throughout their adventures.

5) Orcrist

Similar to String, Orcrist emits a soft glow when orcs are near. Cory Doctorow / CC BY-SA

Orcrist is considered the “big brother” of Sting by fans of the books and films. Like its counterpart, Orcist has the ability to glow when orcs are near.

The sword was crafted by elves with the specific purpose of killing Orcs, and it does a good job of it. The sword is wielded by Thorin the dwarf, who loses it during his capture. Orcrist is then used by Legolas during his fight with Bolg.

6) Morgul-blade

Morgul-blade is a large dagger with poison effects wielded by the Witch-king Angmar. Pursuedbybear / CC BY-SA

Morgul-blade is a large dagger used by the Witch-king Angmar. This weapon has magical and poisonous properties and is usually able to kill with a mere scratch.

Frodo is stabbed by this dagger while invisible, and this scene is what makes Morgul-blade famous. According to fans, Morgul-blade turns to dust when exposed to sunlight.

7) Herugrim

Herugrim sword
Herugrim, the 500 year old sword of Théoden. Rama, CC BY-SA 3.0 FR, via Wikimedia Commons

Herugrim is a sword that gets passed down through the kings of Rohan. It is 500 years old during the reign of King Théoden, who is being controlled and poisoned by Wormtongue and Saruman.

The sword plays a key role in freeing the king from his poisoned state.

8) Thranduil’s Sword

Although less famous than other swords, Thranduil’s sword is a stylish and lightweight weapon with masterful engraving. Henk-Jan van der Klis / CC BY-SA

Thranduil’s sword is featured in The Hobbit films. It is a lightweight and stylish sword that can be used one-handed. The efficiency of this sword is notable, even though it is not the most famous weapon listed here.

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