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Other namesFlame of the West
GalleryImages of Andúril
"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.



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.

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]

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.


Andúril means "Flame of the West" in Quenya (from andúnë, "west" and ril, "brilliance"). "West" here refers to Númenor.

Portrayal in Adaptations

1978: Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings:

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

1981: BBC Radio's The Lord of the Rings:

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

2001: Vivendi's The Fellowship of the Ring:

Because of Aragorn's warrior-persona in this video game, Andúril merely serves as a melee weapon upgrade after Rivendell.[3] 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.[4]

2003: 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".[5] 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.[6]

Weapons of Middle-earth
Aeglos · Andúril · Anglachel · Angrist · Anguirel · Aranrúth · Belthronding · Black Arrow · Bow of Bregor · Bow of the Galadhrim · Daggers of Westernesse · Dagmor · Dailir · Dramborleg · Durin's Axe · Glamdring · Grond · Gúthwinë · Gurthang · Herugrim · Morgul-knife · Narsil · Orcrist · Red Arrow · Ringil · Sting


  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. Connie Veugen, "'A Man, lean, dark, tall': Aragorn Seen Through Different Media", published in Reconsidering Tolkien (edited by Thomas M. Honegger (read in PDF))
  4. Vivendi, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, User Manual, page 22, "Aragorn Sword Design"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The King of the Golden Hall"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens (adaptors), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Special Extended DVD Edition, "The Mouth of Sauron"