/This is actually a very old piece that I never finished back when Glorfindel’s design was more organic and stereotypically elf-like until I changed him to a more Art Deco vibe. Thought I’d touch it up for the nostalgia :)
I like Elrond. Instead of going “My people made those! You can’t have them!” like I feel some people in The Hobbit do, he goes “Oh, you found those swords forged by my people? Let me tell you their lore, so that you know what you’re carrying.”
So I’ve been sick this passed week and yesterday I finally got back into the swing of things so I started this warm up. This was going SOMEWHERE but now I’m not sure so I’m just gonna leave it as a sketch right now. Featuring the Anastasia/Royal/Whatever AU for your viewing pleasure. Tried to do a Smaug in the background there but I kept picturing him like Cruella Deville for some reason. Oh well. :)
Glamdring (also called Foe-Hammer) was a hand-and-a-half sword, forged for Turgon, the King of Gondolin during the First Age.
Sting was an Elven shortsword made in Gondolin during the First Age. After wielding it during the Quest for Erebor, Bilbo Baggins had it engraved with the Sindarin text, Maegnas aen estar nin dagnir in yngyl im. Translated into English, it reads, “Sting is my name, I am the spider’s bane.”
Orcrist was an Elven sword from Gondolin, the mate of Glamdring, which became the sword of Thorin II Oakenshield during The Quest of Erebor. It was feared and called Biter by the Orcs.
Tolkien never tells us directly who owned Orcrist, only that it was the mate of Glamdring. This implies, though, that it was owned by a high-ranking lord of Gondolin (I don’t imagine any random elf could own a sword matched to the king’s.) We also know that the sword was found in the city. Together with this information we can narrow down the search.
Luckily, Tolkien described the weapons used by most of the lords of Gondolin. The only ones who used swords were Maeglin, Salgant, Penlod, Glorfindel, and Ecthelion. Maeglin used his father’s swrod, Anguirel, so Orcrist wasn’t his. Salgant and Penlod were both lower-ranked lords, so it’s doubtful that Orcrist belonged to either of them. Glorfindel died outside the city, so it’s not likely that the two swords would have been reunited. Therefore, the most likely answer is that Orcrist belonged to Ecthelion.
Ecthelion also matches another description of Orcrist’s past from The Hobbit: the sword “had killed hundreds of goblins in its time, when the fair elves of Gondolin hunted them in the hills or did battle before their walls.” Ecthelion was the only lord using a sword whose house defended the gates before the walls, and it’s said that he lead a charge that killed thousands of orcs, which would definitely have earned Orcrist its reputation.
If Ecthelion did own Orcrist, then it’s pretty interesting to think that both swords (Orcrist and Glamdring) had important parts in defeating the two most famous balrogs of Middle Earth - Gothmog and Durin’s Bane.
SOURCES: The Hobbit, The Book of Lost Tales Part II (“The Fall of Gondolin”), The Simarillion
You ran your fingers admiringly down
the groove of Fili’s knife; well one of the many he carried with him
and he so graciously let you borrow. You loved blades; you had
crafted them for most of your life and when you were not in the
forge, you often had one in your hand. However, on your trek, you had
only thought to bring your sword and two knives and not even your best
A silver glare sparked against the
setting sun pulling your attention from the borrowed knife. Thorin’s
great sword shone despite the dimming light and your eyes were no
doubt wide as saucers as you looked longingly to it. Ever since he
had found it in the caves, you had been eager to have a twirl with it or
at least run your fingertips down its beautiful edges. You wondered
if it were peculiar that you had the urge to lick it. Only a little.