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The Elves possessed different types of swords.

The makers of the Lord of the Rings trilogy assigned names and terms to a few of them.

A Lhang, as created by Weta Workshop for Peter Jackson's films


The Lhang is a shortsword used by both the Galadhrim and the High Elves. It was made to be used in sweeping attacks, and slashing.

Mirkwood Double-Bladed Polearm

The Woodland Guard are the soldiers of the Elvenking, sworn to protect and watch over the northern lands of the great forest of the Woodland Realm. Among their weapons is this polearm, crafted with a greenwood shaft and two curved Elven blades forged of bronzed steel with a steel edge of superior strength. It is spun continuously parallel to the elf's body, or used for stabbing.

Mirkwood Polearm

Elven Lord Saber

These swords were used by high-ranking elves during the Second and Third Age. It has a shorter hilt than the normal weapons. At Rivendell, these weapons gradually replaced the Lhang of earlier times, which remained popular in Lindon and Lorien. This was likely because the Lord Saber was easier to use from horseback, a fighting style Imladris favored. Haldir, Arwen, and Elrond all used versions of this sword.

Elven Lord Saber

Wood-Elven Saber

The Wood-Elves, less civil than their brethren, use a different kind of sword. It is mainly used from behind a large shield, with slashing and stabbing strokes. It is decorated with wood, cutouts, and carvings. It can also be used by two hands like the Lhang, bringing powerful slashes with each strike.

One of Thranduil's swords seen in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Thranduil's swords

Thranduil's twin swords are forged from a single piece of steel, hollowed out and decorated with cutouts and runes. These may represent what Sindarin swords used to look like.