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The shards of Narsil in Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring. Note that in the book, it is broken into only two pieces.
The shards of Narsil in Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring. Note that in the book, it is broken into only two pieces.

In J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional prehistory of the world (Arda), Narsil was the sword of King Elendil of the Dúnedain, although in a later age it was reforged as Andúril (see below). Image File history File linksMetadata Narsil. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Narsil. ... Peter Jackson in New York (USA), at the premiere of King Kong, December 5, 2005 Peter Jackson CNZM (born October 31, 1961, Pukerua Bay) is a New Zealand-born filmmaker best-known as the director of the epic film trilogy The Lord of the Rings, which he, along with Fran... J. R. R. Tolkien in 1972, in his study at Merton Street (from by H. Carpenter) John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (January 3, 1892 – September 2, 1973) is best known as the author of The Hobbit and its sequel The Lord of the Rings. ... In the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, Arda is the name given to the Earth in a period of fictional prehistory, wherein all of the places mentioned in the Lord Of The Rings and related material once existed. ... In Middle-earth, the fantasy universe of J. R. R. Tolkien, Elendil was a heroic figure. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth and The Undying Lands, the Dúnedain (singular: Dúnadan) were the Men who descended from the Númenóreans who survived the fall of their island kingdom and came to Eriador in Middle-earth led by Elendil and...


The sword's first forging was during the First Age by the Dwarf Telchar of Nogrod, a famous weaponsmith and artificer who also made the blade Angrist, which cut a Silmaril from the crown of Morgoth, and the Dragon-Helm later used by Turin Turambar. In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, the First Age began with the awakening of the Elves, and ended with the final overthrow of Morgoth by the combined armies of Valinor and Beleriand. ... Telchar is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, Nogrod was one of two Dwarven cities in the Ered Luin. ... This is a list of noted weapons from J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium. ... The Silmarils are fictional artifacts from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth. ... Morgoth (also known as Melkor) is a divine being, and plays the role of the great enemy of all that is good. ... In The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien, Túrin Turambar was a Man of Middle-earth, who became a tragic hero (or anti-hero) of the First Age in the tale called Narn i Chîn Húrin (The Tale of the Children of Húrin). Unpublished drafts of...


The sword's name contains the elements nar "fire" and thil "white light", referring to the Sun and Moon. The main part of this article relates to the version of Middle-earths history that is considered canon by most Tolkien fans who accept such labels (see: Middle-earth canon). ... The main part of this article relates to the version of Middle-earths history that is considered canon by most Tolkien fans who accept such labels (see: Middle-earth canon). ...


For whom Telchar originally made Narsil, as well as its early history, are unknown, as is its history prior to its possession by Elendil of Númenor. In Middle-earth, the fantasy universe of J. R. R. Tolkien, Elendil was a heroic figure. ... Númenor is a fictional location from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth and is intended to be his version of Atlantis. ...


One possibility is that like both Angrist and the Dragon-Helm, Narsil was first given to a prince of the Noldor, passing thence to Elros, one of the last of the three Noldorin Royal Houses: perhaps via Maglor, who cherished Elros as a son after breifly abducting him as a child. The main part of this article relates to the version of Middle-earths history that is considered canon by most Tolkien fans who accept such labels (see: Middle-earth canon). ... Elros Tar-Minyatur (F.A. 525 - S.A. 442, ruled 32 - 442 S.A.) is a fictional character of Middle-earth, created by J. R. R. Tolkien. ... Maglor is a fictional character portrayed in J.R.R. Tolkiens fantasy universe of Middle-earth, the second son of Fëanor and Nerdanel. ...


In the Second Age, Narsil would then have been retained by Elros, Númenor's first king, and his direct heirs, until Silmarien was denied the throne because of Númenor's laws of primogeniture. In this case, Silmarien, who herself went on to found a new dynasty - the Lords of Andunie - presumably came into possession of two of the most ancient Númenorean heirlooms, the Ring of Barahir and Narsil. The Second Age is a fictional time period from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth. ... Elros Tar-Minyatur (F.A. 525 - S.A. 442, ruled 32 - 442 S.A.) is a fictional character of Middle-earth, created by J. R. R. Tolkien. ... Númenor is a fictional location from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth and is intended to be his version of Atlantis. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium, the Ruling Queens of Númenor were Dúnedain women who ruled the kingdom of Númenor. ... Primogeniture is the common tradition of inheritance by the first-born of the entirety of a parents wealth, estate or office; or in the absence of children, by collateral relatives, in order of seniority of the collateral line. ... Ring of Barahir is a fictional ring from J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium. ...


The other possibility is equally plausible, and circumstancial evidence for it can be found in 'The Silmarillion'. Those few Númenoreans who continued to welcome the Eldar late into the Second Age led by Silmariens descendants had been brought many gifts from Aman by their freinds: perhaps one of these was Narsil. The Silmarillion is a collection of J. R. R. Tolkiens works, edited and published posthumously by his son Christopher R. Tolkien, with assistance from fantasy fiction writer Guy Gavriel Kay. ... Eldar Djangirov a jazz pianist. ... A map of Aman, courtesy of the Encyclopedia of Arda. ...


The only certainty concerning the swords history begins over two thousand years after Silmarien, when her distant descendant, Amandil, the last Lord of Andunie, sent his son Elendil back to Middle-earth with Narsil towards the close of the Second Age, as he correctly guessed at Númenor's imminent destruction. Amandil is a fictional character from J.R.R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium. ... In Middle-earth, the fantasy universe of J. R. R. Tolkien, Elendil was a heroic figure. ...


Elendil became thereafter a great king, and used Narsil in the Siege of Barad-dûr, but just as victory seemed within reach Sauron himself entered the fray. In defeating Sauron, both Elendil and Gil-galad are slain, and Narsil is broken beneath Elendil. Elendil's son and heir Isildur then used the hilt-shard of the sword to cut the One Ring from the hand of Sauron, vanquishing him for that time. Although his body was broken and power removed, Sauron's spirit survived when Isildur claimed the One Ring for his own. Barad-dûr and Mount Doom in Peter Jacksons film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. ... For other uses, see Sauron (disambiguation). ... Ereinion Gil-galad is a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth, Isildur was a Dúnadan of Númenor, elder son of Elendil. ... The ring-inscription appearing to Isildur (top) and Frodo (bottom) in Peter Jacksons The Fellowship of the Ring. ...


Isildur took the shards home with him. Shortly before Isildur was killed in the second year of the Third Age in the disaster at the Gladden Fields, the shards of Narsil were rescued by Ohtar (Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Appendix B. The Third year of the Third Age), squire of Isildur. He took them to Imladris, where Isildur's youngest son Valandil was fostered. The Third Age is a fictional time period from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth. ... The Gladden Fields (Sindarin Loeg Ningloron) is a fictional location in J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth. ... Rivendell (Sindarin: Imladris) is an Elven outpost in Middle-earth, a fictional realm created by J. R. R. Tolkien. ... In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, Valandil was a king of Arnor in Middle-earth, ruling from 2 T.A. to 249 T.A. He was the fourth son of Isildur; his elder brothers were killed by Orcs at the Gladden Fields along with their father. ...


The Shards of Narsil became one of the heirlooms of the Kings of Arnor, and after the Northern Kingdom was destroyed they remained an heirloom of the Rangers of the North. It was finally reforged in Rivendell in 3019 TA during the War of the Ring, in celebration of the rediscovery and capture of the Ring with which it had become associated as its symbolic antithesis. The reforging was named Andúril, (Sindarin for "Flame of the West"), for Aragorn, the heir of Isildur. He carried the sword during his journey south as part of the Fellowship of the Ring, and it featured prominently at several points in the story, where it was sometimes referred to as the Sword that was Broken or The Sword Reforged. This is a list of kings of Arnor from the fictional universe of Middle-earth novels by J. R. R. Tolkien. ... –Gimli In J. R. R. Tolkiens fiction, the Rangers of the North, also known as the Dúnedain of the North were the descendants of the Dúnedain from the lost kingdom of Arnor. ... Location of Rivendell in Middle-earth marked in red Rivendell (Sindarin: Imladris) is an Elven outpost in Middle-earth, a fictional realm created by J. R. R. Tolkien. ... Combatants Free peoples of Middle-earth: Gondor, Rohan, Dale, Esgaroth, Erebor, The Shire, Lothlorien, the Woodland Realm Evil forces: Under Sauron: Mordor, Rhun, Harad, Umbar, Khand Under Saruman: (actually a third party) Isengard, Dunland Commanders Gandalf† (but resurrected) Aragorn Théoden† Denethor† Dain II† Brand† Galadriel and Celeborn Thranduil For... Sindarin is an artificial language (or conlang) developed by J. R. R. Tolkien. ... Aragorn II, 16th Chieftain of the Dúnedain of the North (T.A. 2931 – F.A. 120), later crowned King Elessar Telcontar, 26th King of Arnor, 34th King of Gondor and First High King of the Reunited Kingdom, is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkiens fantasy world... Spoiler warning: The Fellowship of the Ring, as described in the first volume of The Lord of the Rings, which bears the same name, is a union of 9 representatives from each of the free peoples in Middle-earth, the number chosen to match the 9 Ringwraiths. ...


Boromir, son of the Steward of Gondor, travelled to Rivendell in time for the Council of Elrond because of the prophetic dream of his brother Faramir, in which he was told to "seek for the Sword that was broken". Aragorn often uses the sword to help establish his credentials and it also enables him to gain command over the army of undead soldiers, cursed to a living death, who help Aragorn to defeat the Corsairs of Umbar during the siege of Minas Tirith. Boromir (T.A. 2978 – 3019), a character from J. R. R. Tolkiens fantasy universe of Middle-earth, was the eldest son of Denethor II, (the last ruling Steward of Gondor), and the older brother to Faramir. ... The Stewards of Gondor were rulers from J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium of Middle-earth. ... Location of Rivendell in Middle-earth marked in red Rivendell (Sindarin: Imladris) is an Elven outpost in Middle-earth, a fictional realm created by J. R. R. Tolkien. ... In The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, the Council of Elrond is a fictional secret council called by Elrond in Rivendell in order to decide what should be done with the One Ring. ... Spoiler warning: Faramir, Steward of Gondor and Prince of Ithilien (T.A. 2983 – F.A. 82) is a wise man of nobility and the second of Denethors two sons in J. R. R. Tolkiens fantasy universe of Middle-earth. ... Undead is the collective name for all types of supernatural entities that are deceased yet behave as if alive. ... Minas Tirith (IPA: ) is a fictional city in J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth writings. ...


Narsil (broken and reforged as Andúril) acts as a symbol of the kingship of Arnor and Gondor, and by extension, the stewardship of law over evil. As the Chieftain of the Rangers of the North, Aragorn is the heir to the fragments of the ancient sword. The reforging of the broken sword into Andúril prior to the Fellowship of the Ring leaving Rivendell is one of many important prophesied events leading up to the downfall of Sauron and the restoration of the line of Elendil as kings of Arnor and Gondor. In the fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien, Arnor, or the Northern Kingdom, was a kingdom of the Dúnedain in the land of Eriador in Middle-earth. ... One rendition of the flag of Gondor Gondor is a fictional country from J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth. ... This is a list of Chieftains of the Dúnedain Rangers of Arnor (aka Rangers of the North) from the fictional universe of Middle-earth by J. R. R. Tolkien. ...


Changes made in the film

Elrond reveals Andúril in Peter Jackson's The Return of the King
Elrond reveals Andúril in Peter Jackson's The Return of the King

In the motion pictures directed by Peter Jackson, Narsil was not broken in two but in several parts (which were kept at Rivendell), and is not reforged into Andúril until the third film, when Arwen persuades Elrond to have elven smiths reforge it from the shards and bring to Aragorn. In the books, he actually wears the broken blade and shows it to the Hobbits when they meet at the Prancing Pony in Bree, and its reforging prior to the departure of the Fellowship is a decisive move toward kingship. Image File history File linksMetadata Anduril. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Anduril. ... Elrond the Half-elven (F.A. 525 - ?) is a fictional character of Middle-earth, created by fantasy author J. R. R. Tolkien. ... Peter Jackson in New York (USA), at the premiere of King Kong, December 5, 2005 Peter Jackson CNZM (born October 31, 1961, Pukerua Bay) is a New Zealand-born filmmaker best-known as the director of the epic film trilogy The Lord of the Rings, which he, along with Fran... The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring movie poster (2001) The Lord of the Rings film trilogy comprises three live action films, directed by Peter Jackson and released by New Line Cinema. ... Peter Jackson in New York (USA), at the premiere of King Kong, December 5, 2005 Peter Jackson CNZM (born October 31, 1961, Pukerua Bay) is a New Zealand-born filmmaker best-known as the director of the epic film trilogy The Lord of the Rings, which he, along with Fran... Lady Arwen Undómiel (usually called Arwen Evenstar, which is Undómiel in Quenya) (T.A. 241–F.A. 121) Queen of the Reunited Kingdom of Arnor and Gondor, is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth, the betrothed of Aragorn in Tolkiens... Elrond the Half-elven (F.A. 525 - ?) is a fictional character of Middle-earth, created by fantasy author J. R. R. Tolkien. ... This article is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Hobbits are a subset of the race of Men from J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth, sometimes considered a separate race. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, the Inn of the Prancing Pony was an inn where Frodo Baggins met Aragorn. ... Bree is a fictional village in J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth, east of the Shire and south of Fornost Erain. ... Spoiler warning: The Fellowship of the Ring, as described in the first volume of The Lord of the Rings, which bears the same name, is a union of 9 representatives from each of the free peoples in Middle-earth, the number chosen to match the 9 Ringwraiths. ...


Aragorn holds a reverence for Andúril, Flame of the West, which is shown best in The Two Towers book, and is not shown in the film. When asked by Háma to disarm outside Meduseld, he is very reluctant, saying that normally he would give up his weapon "if I bore now any sword but Andúril" (The Two Towers, The King of the Golden Hall). It is an omission from the film on the grace that the sword Aragorn surrenders there was not Andúril, but still rather interesting. However, the movie version of The Fellowship of the Ring does include a scene of Aragorn reverently placing the hilt of Narsil back into the display after Boromir knocks it from its podium onto the floor. Image:Anduril large. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, Meduseld was the great Golden Hall built in Edoras. ...


In The Two Towers, it is written that Aragorn uses Andúril with a shield from Théoden's armoury during the Battle of Helm's Deep. This would suggest that it was a single-hand or hand-and-a-half sword rather than the two-hander depicted in the film. Although Elendil was supposedly 7'11", so a sword for Elendil would be oversized for a man such as Aragorn.



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