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Are the swords sentient beings?

Danielos
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Jan 11 2013, 6:18pm


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The One Ring is a magic ring which tempts and seduces everyone around it. The swords also seems to be much more than just sharp metal objects. They are given names, fates, they glow if enemies are present and some of them seem to give the bearer almost supernatural skills. And some of them only accept specific people, for example a king.

The most bizarre sequence of all though is from Children of Hurin. I quote:

"There is malice in this sword. The heart of the smith still dwells in it, and that heart was dark. It will not love the hand that it serves; neither will it abide with you long."
In the end of the book, the sword is actually TALKING to Trin himself, ridiculing him for his mistakes and eager to take his life.

So what do you think? Are swords like Glaurung, Orcrist, Sting and Narsil / Anduril living objects with a personality and will of their own?

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Are the swords sentient beings? Danielos Send a private message to Danielos Jan 11 2013, 6:18pm
    You can read that Rostron2 Send a private message to Rostron2 Jan 11 2013, 6:29pm
    Glaurung was 100% sentient! DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Jan 11 2013, 6:30pm
        Ooops... Danielos Send a private message to Danielos Jan 11 2013, 6:35pm
        Independent or not? Danielos Send a private message to Danielos Jan 11 2013, 6:36pm
            Maybe it was like The One Ring? Rane Send a private message to Rane Jan 11 2013, 6:47pm
                like a horcrux? as bad as that is to say elevorn Send a private message to elevorn Jan 11 2013, 6:55pm
        LOL ok Daniel, we know you dig the purse :P :P XD // Xanaseb Send a private message to Xanaseb Jan 12 2013, 2:01am
            I had to slip it in there somewhere ;-) / DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Jan 12 2013, 10:32am
                Talking purses Danielos Send a private message to Danielos Jan 12 2013, 11:19am
                    If they can do talking refrigerators and cars, why not?? sevilodorf Send a private message to sevilodorf Jan 12 2013, 4:44pm
                    I see a business opportunity here Rostron2 Send a private message to Rostron2 Jan 16 2013, 5:06pm
    interesting elevorn Send a private message to elevorn Jan 11 2013, 6:43pm
    It's a pretty multi-faceted issue. Lightice Send a private message to Lightice Jan 11 2013, 6:54pm
    It could be that El had the lore to put in Anglachel Plurmo Send a private message to Plurmo Jan 12 2013, 1:13am
    well, they do seem pretty sharp! weaver Send a private message to weaver Jan 16 2013, 8:52pm

 
 
 

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