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Aragorn's elven hunting knife

Marilliam Ruinor
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Jul 21 2014, 1:22am

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Aragorn's elven hunting knife Can't Post

Hey everyone,
I was just wondering if anyone has any information on Aragorn's knife. I know that this knife was not in the books, but I was wondering if Jackson created a history behind it, or if it just doesn't exist.
Also, I have read that the script on the blade is translated to, "Foe of the great fear" or "Foe of the Morgoth Realm"... Is this true?
Any information would be awesome!


Jul 21 2014, 1:41am

Post #2 of 9 (255 views)
Not an expert.... [In reply to] Can't Post

but I believe that quote was on his sword. I remember watching the behind the scenes of the extended edition, and I believe it was Taylor that was talking about including those runes, that quote. If it's the thing I'm thinking about, it's definitely talked about on the behind the scenes extras. I have watched it a few times, and I've never heard of a history behind the knife. That WOULD be cool though. Such a stunning weapon.

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Jul 21 2014, 2:40am

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Weapons and Warfare book [In reply to] Can't Post

There was a book put out for the LotR movie-verse called Weapons and Warfare. It confirms that the inscription reads "Foe of Morgoth's" realm but gives no further history for the blade. I don't know if the filmmakers ever gave it more back story.

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Jul 21 2014, 3:30am

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I love that knife [In reply to] Can't Post

If it was any larger, it would have to be classed as a cutlass.

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Jul 21 2014, 4:34am

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If it references Morgoth [In reply to] Can't Post

Then it would have to be an ancient sword. My guess would be a Noldorin sword (but probably not from Gondolin or Nargothrond, since those realms didn't actively war against Morgoth often). I wonder if it's something that Elrond gave to Aragorn or if it's an heirloom of Númenor?



Jul 21 2014, 9:53am

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Celeborn gave it to him in the EE of FOTR [In reply to] Can't Post

No origin is given for it as far as I can recall, but in the movieverse the inscription referencing Morgoth clearly makes it a First Age weapon just like Glamdring, Orcrist, Sting and Narsil.


Jul 21 2014, 2:18pm

Post #7 of 9 (218 views)
or -- [In reply to] Can't Post

A machete? Or maybe a hunting sword?

... though most likely it was conceived as a Middle-earth Bowie Knife.


Jul 21 2014, 4:45pm

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Gud Daedheloth [In reply to] Can't Post

That would be one damn fine machete!

Apparently the blade's maker for the film imagined a history for it; we can probably assign the inscription on it, Gud Daedheloth, as its name (literally "Foe of the Realm of Shadow"?).

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Jul 22 2014, 3:23am

Post #9 of 9 (214 views)
Oh, right! [In reply to] Can't Post

It's been a while since I've seen the movies. And Galadriel gave Noldorin daggers to Merry and Pippin. There's a surprisingly large number of First Age weapons lying around unused in Lórien, apparently.



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