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The eket was a short stabbing sword wielded by the Númenóreans. Isildur retained such a sword after discarding the rest of his war gear to swim across the river Anduin while escaping the Disaster of the Gladden Fields. It was described as "a short stabbing sword with a broad blade, pointed and two-edged, from a foot to one and a half feet long."[1] That description is similar in many ways to the Gladius carried by Roman legionnaires.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields", note 28