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The One Ring Forums: Tolkien Topics: Reading Room: I doubt Mithril was traded much in Rohan, except among the Royal family maybe.: Edit Log


Mar 4 2021, 11:32pm

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I doubt Mithril was traded much in Rohan, except among the Royal family maybe.

I think it is mentioned somewhere that the true silver from which Mithril was made (Or are they one and the same?) was extremely rare in Middle-Earth, and there was found more or less only in the depths of Morias mines.

Which means up until third age 1981, only the Dwarves would have access to it.

So any others, like Rohirrim, or Wood-elves could only have gotten hold of it by trading with the Dwarves.

Except that outside of Middle-Earth it was also found in Aman, and on Numenor. (Which could perhaps explain those helmets of the guard in Minas Tirith.)

But Elves descended from the Exiles might have had Mithril items that were brought back from Aman during the Exodus, and since the Noldor were not up until that time primarily a warrior people, many of those Mithril items may have been things like regalia or even utensils, rather than weapons or armour, though they would not I think have been commonplace. (Thinking rather of things like crowns, or rings, or fine silver ware.)

Once in Middle-Earth the Exiles could only get more Mithril from dealing with the Dwarves of Moria. (So it is likely that for instance Celebrimbor and his smiths and people would have had some access to it.)

The Dwarves themeselves obviously made use of it, for exclusive armour, and probably weapons and construction and secret writing, and other different types of decoration.

It's also somewhat unclear who had the skill to work the metal, except for the Dwarves. The Elven-Smith of Eregion probably. Elronds people maybe.

I don't know if they would make swords out of Mithril? First swords were not the primary Dwarven weapon of choice, (though they did make use of them), and also Mithril is described as wonderously light, and I think you do want to have a bit of weight in a good sword, so more likely swords were made of some other hard, heavier metal, and then maybe inscribed, damasced, decorated or coated with Mithril.

(This post was edited by InTheChair on Mar 4 2021, 11:37pm)

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