Narsil was a longsword wielded by King Elendil during the War of the Last Alliance, and used by his son, Isildur, to cut the One Ring from Sauron's hand during the final battle of that war. It was later reforged into Andúril, and would become the sword of Aragorn II Elessar.

History Edit

The sword was forged during the First Age by the famed Dwarven-smith Telchar of Nogrod.

Second Age Edit

War of the Last Alliance Edit

During the final battle between the Last Alliance and Mordor, Narsil broke into two pieces when Elendil and Gil-galad fought Sauron themselves and were slain. Taking up the handle-shard of Narsil after his father's defeat, Isildur cut the One Ring from Sauron's hand, defeating him.

Isildur took the shards home with him. Shortly before he was killed in the second year of the Third Age in the Disaster of the Gladden Fields, the shards were rescued by Ohtar, squire of Isildur. He took them to Arnor, where they passed to the next king, Isildur's son, Valandil.[2]

Third Age Edit

The shards of Narsil were passed down as an heirloom by the heirs to the throne of Arnor among the Dúnedain of the North. The sword's last owner was Aragorn, son of Arathorn.[3]

War of the Ring Edit

Before the Fellowship of the Ring departed Rivendell on the Quest of the Ring, the shards of Narsil were reforged by the Elves into Andúril, which Aragorn carried into the battle of Gondor and the battle of the Black Gate of Mordor, which was fought so Frodo and Sam could throw the ring into the Cracks of Doom in Mount Doom.

Etymology Edit

In Quenya, Narsil means "Red and white flame", from nár ("fire) and thil ("white flame").[4] It symbolizes the Sun and Moon, the "chief heavenly lights, as enemies of darkness".[5]

Other versions of the legendarium Edit

In other writings, Narsil was named Branding, after it was reforged into Andúril.[6]

Portrayal in adaptations Edit

Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings Edit

In the The Lord of the Rings (1978 film) by Ralph Bakshi, Aragorn uses the sword, which still has the longer part of the blade attached to the hilt, as his primary weapon, before it is reforged.

The Lord of the Rings film trilogy Edit

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The shards of Narsil on display in Rivendell.

In the The Lord of the Rings film trilogy directed by Peter Jackson, Narsil was not broken in two but into several parts (which were kept at Rivendell), and is not reforged into Andúril until the third film. Aragorn uses an ordinary sword during the first two films. Prior to the third film, his attitude towards the sword is a mix of reverence and reluctance. On the one hand, he carefully replaces the hilt on its pedestal after Boromir carelessly lets it drop to the floor, but he is reluctant to claim possession of it, as it represents the kingship of Gondor. It is not until the third film that Arwen persuades Elrond to have the sword re-forged by the elves, and Elrond in turn persuades Aragorn to accept it, as the symbol of kingship with which he can command obedience from the Army of the Dead.

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Bilbo coming upon the shards while in Rivendell.

In a scene from the extended version (which also appears in the book), Aragorn challenges Sauron by contacting him via the Palantír of Orthanc and showing him "the sword of Elendil" re-forged.

The Hobbit film trilogy Edit

Narsil briefly appears in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition.

Translations around the world Edit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ኛርሲል
Arabic نارسيل
Armenian Նարսիլ
Belarusian Cyrillic Нарсіль
Bengali নারশীল
Bulgarian Cyrillic Нарсил
Catalan Nàrsil
Chinese (Hong Kong) 納希爾聖劍
Georgian ნარსილ
Greek Ναρσιλ
Gujarati ણર્સિલ
Hebrew נארסיל
Hindi णर्सिल
Japanese ナルシール
Kazakh Нарсіл (Cyrillic) ?
Korean 나르실
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Нарсил
Macedonian Cyrillic Нарсил
Marathi णर्सिल
Mongolian Cyrillic Нарсил
Nepalese नार्सिल
Persian نارسیل
Punjabi ਨਅਰਸਿਲ
Russian Нарсил
Serbian Нарсил (Cyrillic) Narsil (Latin)
Sinhalese ණර්සිල්
Tajik Cyrillic Нарсил
Tamil ணர்ஸில்
Telugu ణర్సిల
Ukrainian Cyrillic Нарсіл
Urdu نآرسال
Uzbek Нарсил (Cyrillic) Narsil (Latin)
Yiddish נאַרסיל

References Edit

  1. The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Book Three, Chapter VI: "The King of the Golden Hall"
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age
  3. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter II: "The Council of Elrond"
  4. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 5: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"
  5. The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien, 347 To Richard Jeffery
  6. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 8: The War of the Ring, Part Three: Minas Tirith, IX: "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields", Notes
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