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{{quote|Renewed shall be blade that was broken,<br>The crownless again shall be [[Aragorn|king]].|[[The Riddle of Strider]]<ref name="Strider">[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', "[[Strider (chapter)|Strider]]"</ref>}}</center>
 
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==History==
 
==History==
Narsil was a symbol of the kingship of [[Arnor]] and [[Gondor]], but was broken at the end of the [[Last Alliance of Elves and Men]] at the end of the [[Second Age]]. Aragorn, as the Chieftain of the [[Rangers of the North]], and therefore the descendant of the Kings of Arnor and Gondor, carried the fragments of the ancient sword. After three thousand years, Narsil was finally reforged as Andúril when Aragorn set out to reclaim his kingdom.  
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Narsil was a symbol of the kingship of [[Arnor]] and [[Gondor]], but was broken at the end of the [[Last Alliance of Elves and Men]] at the end of the [[Second Age]]. Its fragments remained a heirloom for the [[Kings of Arnor]], and the [[Chieftains of the Dúnedain]].  
  
[[Boromir]], son of the [[Steward of Gondor]], travelled to [[Rivendell]] for the [[Council of Elrond]] because of the prophetic dream of his brother [[Faramir]]. The dream told him to "[[Seek for the Sword that was broken|seek for the Sword that was broken]]".<ref name="CoE">[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', "[[The Council of Elrond]]"</ref>
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[[Boromir]], son of the [[Stewards of Gondor|Steward of Gondor]], travelled to [[Rivendell]] for the [[Council of Elrond]] because of the prophetic dream of his brother [[Faramir]]. The dream told him to "[[Seek for the Sword that was broken|seek for the Sword that was broken]]".<ref name="CoE">{{FR|Council}}</ref>
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[[File:Darrell Sweet - The Reforging of the Sword.jpg|thumb|left|[[Darrell Sweet]] - ''The Reforging of the Sword'']]
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Finally, after three thousand years, when [[Aragorn]] set out for the [[War of the Ring]], Narsil was reforged, and Aragorn renamed it "Andúril".
  
Aragorn 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'''. Aragorn often used the sword to help establish his credentials as the heir to the throne of Gondor. This was especially true when he convinced the [[Dead Men of Dunharrow]] to fulfill their oath to support Gondor in its time of need.
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Aragorn carried the sword during his journey south as part of the [[Fellowship of the Ring]], and fought with it, the '''Sword That Was Broken''' or the '''Sword Reforged'''. When entering [[Meduseld]] he initially refused to surrender it to Doorward [[Háma]] and entered a long argument with him, until convinced so by [[Gandalf]].<ref>{{TT|III6}}</ref>
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Aragorn often used the sword to help establish his credentials as the heir to the throne of Gondor. This was especially true when he convinced the [[Oathbreakers|Dead Men of Dunharrow]] to fulfill their oath to support Gondor in its time of need.
  
 
== Etymology ==
 
== Etymology ==
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''Andúril'' means "Flame of the West" in [[Quenya]],<ref>{{PE|17}}, p. 34 (form: ''Andūril'')</ref> composed of ''[[andúnë]]'', "west" and ''[[ril]]'', "brilliance"). "West" here refers to [[Númenor]].
 
''Andúril'' means "Flame of the West" in [[Quenya]],<ref>{{PE|17}}, p. 34 (form: ''Andūril'')</ref> composed of ''[[andúnë]]'', "west" and ''[[ril]]'', "brilliance"). "West" here refers to [[Númenor]].
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==Inspiration==
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Broken swords that are reforged are also seen in the ''Volsungasaga'' and the ''Nibelungenlied''.<ref>{{webcite|articleurl=http://www.tolkiensociety.org/ed/study_a_s_2.html|articlename=Tolkien Society Anglo-Saxon Study Pack 2|dated=2006|website=[http://www.tolkiensociety.org The Tolkien Society]}}</ref>
  
 
== Portrayal in Adaptations ==
 
== Portrayal in Adaptations ==
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'''2001: [[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game)|''The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring'' (video game)]]:'''
:Because of Aragorn's ''warrior''-persona in this video game, Andúril merely serves as a melee weapon upgrade after Rivendell.<ref name="Veugen">[[Connie Veugen]], "'A Man, lean, dark, tall': Aragorn Seen Through Different Media", published in ''[[Reconsidering Tolkien]]'' (edited by [[Thomas M. Honegger]] ([http://dare.ubvu.vu.nl/bitstream/1871/10975/1/Aragorn_Final.pdf read in PDF]))</ref>  Aragorn does not use the broken sword at any point prior. In the game's credits, artist Jason Rosenstock is explicitly mentioned as the designer of Andúril.<ref>[[Vivendi]], ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game)|The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', User Manual, page 22, "Aragorn Sword Design"</ref>
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:Because of Aragorn's ''warrior''-persona in this video game, Andúril merely serves as a melee weapon upgrade after Rivendell. <ref name="Veugen">[[Connie Veugen]], "'A Man, lean, dark, tall': Aragorn Seen Through Different Media", published in ''[[Reconsidering Tolkien]]'' (edited by [[Thomas M. Honegger]] ([http://dare.ubvu.vu.nl/bitstream/1871/10975/1/Aragorn_Final.pdf read in PDF]))</ref>  Aragorn does not use the broken sword at any point prior. Notably, the sword's blade is constantly illuminated; it glows red during the day, and blue at night. In the game's credits, artist Jason Rosenstock is explicitly mentioned as the designer of Andúril.<ref>[[Vivendi]], ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game)|The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', User Manual, page 22, "Aragorn Sword Design"</ref>
  
 
'''2002: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers]]'':'''
 
'''2002: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers]]'':'''

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The name Andúril refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Andúril (disambiguation).
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Andúril
Other namesFlame of the West
Derivation of Nameandúnë = "west" and ril = "brilliance"
Owned byAragorn
MakerOriginally Telchar, reforged by unknown smith in Rivendell
"Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
"
The Riddle of Strider[1]

Andúril was the name for the sword Narsil after its reforging in Third Age 3018 for Aragorn, the heir of Isildur.

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[edit] History

Narsil was a symbol of the kingship of Arnor and Gondor, but was broken at the end of the Last Alliance of Elves and Men at the end of the Second Age. Its fragments remained a heirloom for the Kings of Arnor, and the Chieftains of the Dúnedain.

Boromir, son of the Steward of Gondor, travelled to Rivendell for the Council of Elrond because of the prophetic dream of his brother Faramir. The dream told him to "seek for the Sword that was broken".[2]

Darrell Sweet - The Reforging of the Sword

Finally, after three thousand years, when Aragorn set out for the War of the Ring, Narsil was reforged, and Aragorn renamed it "Andúril".

Aragorn carried the sword during his journey south as part of the Fellowship of the Ring, and fought with it, the Sword That Was Broken or the Sword Reforged. When entering Meduseld he initially refused to surrender it to Doorward Háma and entered a long argument with him, until convinced so by Gandalf.[3]

Aragorn often used the sword to help establish his credentials as the heir to the throne of Gondor. This was especially true when he convinced the Dead Men of Dunharrow to fulfill their oath to support Gondor in its time of need.

[edit] Etymology

Andúril means "Flame of the West" in Quenya,[4] composed of andúnë, "west" and ril, "brilliance"). "West" here refers to Númenor.

[edit] Inspiration

Broken swords that are reforged are also seen in the Volsungasaga and the Nibelungenlied.[5]

[edit] Portrayal in Adaptations

1978: The Lord of the Rings (1978 film):

Narsil is reforgerd after Rivendell, though this reforging is not shown. Neither Narsil nor Andúril are named.

1981: The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series):

Narsil is reforgerd after Rivendell, and Aragorn carries Andúril thereafter.

2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game):

Because of Aragorn's warrior-persona in this video game, Andúril merely serves as a melee weapon upgrade after Rivendell. [6] Aragorn does not use the broken sword at any point prior. Notably, the sword's blade is constantly illuminated; it glows red during the day, and blue at night. In the game's credits, artist Jason Rosenstock is explicitly mentioned as the designer of Andúril.[7]

2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers:

In The Two Towers, when asked by Háma to disarm outside Meduseld, Aragorn is very reluctant, saying that normally he would give up his weapon, "if I bore now any sword but Andúril".[8] This scene and dialogue is omitted from the film on the grace that the sword Aragorn surrenders there was not Andúril.

2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King:

Andúril is not forged from the shards of Narsil until late in the third film. Elrond had the sword reforged only after Arwen's pleading. He then took the sword to Aragorn in the camp of the Rohirrim at Dunharrow. Aragorn's acceptance of the sword, along with his decision at that time to take the Paths of the Dead, showed his willingness to accept his destiny of becoming king.
In the extended edition, the Mouth of Sauron refers to the blade as Elvish; this could either be a reference to its reforging or a mistake on behalf of the writers.[9]

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

The reforging of Narsil is experienced by the player in the quest arc called "The Blade that was Broken". The player sets out to find the last of the Silithair, shining adamants crafted by Elves of the house of Fëanor in days of old, in order for the Elf-smiths of Imladris to reforge the sword into Andúril.[10]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Strider"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The King of the Golden Hall"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 34 (form: Andūril)
  5. "Tolkien Society Anglo-Saxon Study Pack 2" dated 31 August 2006, The Tolkien Society (accessed 31 August 2014)
  6. Connie Veugen, "'A Man, lean, dark, tall': Aragorn Seen Through Different Media", published in Reconsidering Tolkien (edited by Thomas M. Honegger (read in PDF))
  7. Vivendi, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, User Manual, page 22, "Aragorn Sword Design"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The King of the Golden Hall"
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens (adaptors), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (extended edition), "The Mouth of Sauron"
  10. Quest Arc: The Blade That Was Broken, Lorebook, lotro.com


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