This article is about the the weapon. For the plant, see Aeglos (plant).

"Against Aeglos the spear of Gil-galad none could stand..."
J.R.R. Tolkien[1]

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.[2]


Aeglos means "snow-point"[3] 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[2][4], while Aeglos is seen in later editions.

Portrayal in adaptations

The Lord of the Rings film trilogy

Mark Ferguson portrays Gil-galad holding Aeglos in the 2001 film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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:

Aiglos inscr.jpg

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:

Aeglos [5]


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ዓአግሎስ
Arabic ايجلوس
Armenian Աեգլոս
Belarusian Cyrillic Аеглос
Bengali আএগ্লস
Bulgarian Cyrillic Аеглос
Chinese (Mandarin) 艾格洛斯
Georgian აეგლოსი
Greek Αεγλος
Gujarati આએગ્લોસ
Hebrew איגלוס
Hindi आएग्लोस
Japanese アイグロス
Kannada ಆಎಗ್ಲೋಸ್
Kazakh Аеглос (Cyrillic) Aeglos (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Аэглос
Macedonian Cyrillic Аеглос
Marathi आएग्लोस
Mongolian Cyrillic Аеглос
Nepalese आएग्लोस
Pashto آېګلوس
Persian آیگلوس
Punjabi ਆਏਗ੍ਲੋਸ
Russian Аэглос
Sanskrit आएग्लोस्
Serbian Аеглос (Cyrillic) Aeglos (Latin)
Sinhalese ආඑග්ලොස්
Tamil ஆஎக்லொஸ்
Tajik Cyrillic Аеглос
Telugu ఆఎగ్లొస
Ukrainian Cyrillic Аеґлос
Uzbek Аеглос (Cyrillic) Aeglos (Latin)
Yiddish ײַעגלאָס


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