This is why you should never leave me a pencil and a piece of paper when I’m bored ~
From left to right:
Andúril, Aragorn’s sword
Glamdring, Gandalf’s sword
Andhafang, Arwen’s sword
Herugrim, King Théoden’s sword
Orcrist, Thorin Oakenshield’s sword
Sting, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins’ sword
I wanted to draw Narsil, Isildur’s sword, too, but I miscalculated the swords’ dimensions 😅

A ficlet of what I imagine was going through Thorin’s mind when he found Orcrist.


The sword in his hands is the most offensive thing Thorin has ever laid eyes upon.

The alloy is exquisitely blended, breathtakingly tempered and seamlessly folded. The edge is honed to impossible sweetness, the hilt designed to provide the best conceivable grip no matter the shape of one’s hand, and all points of balance are pure perfection. It is, without a doubt, the most stunning, most magnificent blade he has ever seen, flawless in every conceivable way.

And it was made by Elves.

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Eight Things You Should Know About Tolkien's Thranduil

Okay, you’ve seen the Hobbit movies but you just can’t get into the book.  Or, you read the book years ago and you don’t remember every detail.  I’m here to help.

1. Thranduil did not refuse to help the Dwarves when Smaug attacked.  We don’t know what he did - Tolkien never wrote anything about it.  Jackson’s preamble is complete fabrication.

2. Thranduil did not consider the Silvan Elves to be ‘lesser’ Elves:

Oropher [his father] had come among them with only a handful of Sindar, and they were soon merged with the Silvan Elves, adopting their language and taking names of Silvan form and style… . They wished indeed to become Silvan folk and to return, as they said, to the simple life natural to the Elves before the invitation of the Valar had disturbed it. (Unfinished Tales, 'The History of Galadriel and Celeborn’ p 249)

3. Thranduil did not aid the Men of Esgaroth out of self-interest:

But the king, when he received the prayers of Bard, had pity, for he was the lord of a good and kindly people; so turning his march, which had at first been direct towards the Mountain, he hastened now down the river to the Long Lake. (The Hobbit, 'Fire and Water’ p 255)

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So I’m rewatching the Hobbit because reasons. And I have had a realisation, and this has probably occurred to someone before now, but.

Azog died after Moria. Thorin seems absolutely certain when he speaks to the goblin king and also before during the “posing on a clifftop while Balin tells heroic tales of my deeds” scene. And the goblin king says “so you think his defiling days are done, do you?”

He doesn’t deny that Azog died. The Goblin King, who knows enough to know that Azog wanted Thorin’s head, and to recognise Thorin on sight, doesn’t deny that Azog died, he just implies that he knows more about it than Thorin. 

So he died and the Necromancer must have brought him back because he can summon the spirits of the dead etc and because he needs an orc general (see the exceedingly ugly one in ROTK). Hence why Azog is loyal to the Necromancer even when he’s told to not hunt down the dwarves in DoS, because he literally brought him back to life. 

So now I am totally going with the theory that Azog doesn’t die of the cold/water/general frostbite and drowning issues etc at the end of BOTFA because his body is already dead, so the cold doesn’t affect his body because it’s not working anyway so fuck it. Shit to do, dwarves to kill, physics to bend. Whatever. 

But then Thorin stabs him and he dies properly this time because the High Elves of Gondolin knew their shit when it came to sword-making, so Orcrist has some nice undead-dispatching properties. And so does Glamdring. Which explains why it holds up so well to, you know, fighting a Balrog.