Aeglos or Aiglos was the famed Elvish glaive of Gil-galad.
Aeglos was the weapon of the last High King of the Ñoldor, Gil-galad, and it was used in the War of the Last Alliance. It was greatly feared by the enemies, but its fate after Gil-galad's death in SA 3441 is unknown.
Aeglos means "snow-point" or "icicle" in Sindarin. The element aeg means "point" from ayak, "sharp, pointed". The element los means "snow". There are two variant spellings of the name, Aiglos and Aeglos (though they are pronounced in the same way, and would be written identically in Elvish characters). Aiglos is the spelling in most earlier editions of The Lord of the Rings, while Aeglos is seen in later editions.
Portrayal in adaptations
The Lord of the Rings film trilogy
In The Lord of the Rings film trilogy by Peter Jackson, Gil-galad, portrayed by Mark Ferguson, appears only briefly in the first film, during the opening prologue sequence, moments before Sauron enters the battle.
In behind-the-scenes material for The Fellowship of the Ring, Aeglos is also referred to as a lance, suggesting that Gil-galad used it as such on horseback. It is portrayed to be nine feet in length with a blade etched in brass filigree.
The blade bears an Elvish inscription, written by the filmmakers:
Gil-galad ech vae vaegannen matha
Aith heleg nín i orch gostatha
Nin cíniel na nguruthos
Hon ess nín istatha:
Gil-galad wields a well-made spear
The Orc will fear my point of ice
When he sees me, in fear of death
He will know my name:
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Kazakh||Аеглос (Cyrillic) Aeglos (Latin)|
|Serbian||Аеглос (Cyrillic) Aeglos (Latin)|
|Uzbek||Аеглос (Cyrillic) Aeglos (Latin)|
|Barrow-blades • Sting|
|Durin's Axe • Orcrist|
|Grond • Grond (Warhammer) • Morgul-knife|
|Aeglos • Anglachel • Anguirel • Angrist • Aranrúth • Belthronding • Dailir • Glamdring • Orcrist • Ringil|
|Andúril • Black Arrow • Dagmor • Dramborleg • Gúthwinë • Gurthang • Herugrim • Narsil • Red Arrow|