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Sword inscriptions?

In the LOTR (movie-verse) Weapons & Warfare book, a few swords are mentioned as having inscriptions that tell who made them and for whom - does this occur in the books, or is it a Movie-verse innovation? Thanx for any info, Raksha the Demon

 

 

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In The Hobbit Gandalf and Thorin's swords carry inscriptions, w hich Elrond translates for them: This, Thorin, the runes name Orcrist, the Goblin-cleaver in the ancient tongue of Gondolin; it was a famous blade. This, Gandalf, was Glamdring, Foe-hammer that the king of Gondolin once wore. Keep them well!" and in LOTR: (the Ring Goes South) 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. And Aragorn gave it a new name and called it Andúril, Flame of the West. Ithildin *(

 

 

Re: Sword inscriptions?

Thanx, Ithildin! Hmm, the sword-makers' names aren't mentioned on the blades; I guess there's only so much space in which to inscribe legible runes on a blade... RAKSHA THE DEMON

 

 

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