Shards of Narsil
The Shards of Narsil were the pieces of the famous weapon of Narsil which had been broken by Elendil's fall at the end of the Second Age in the War of the Last Alliance. It was then that Isildur slew Sauron with the hilt of the Shards. Isildur later transported the Shards home with him but he was killed along the way. It was Ohtar, the squire of Isildur who took the Shards and brought them to Rivendell. The pieces were kept as heirlooms until the time came in Third Age 3019 for the shards to be reforged as Andúril.
Portrayal in adaptations
- In the film, Narsil is not broken in two, but several parts. Unlike in the book, Aragorn does not bear them with him, but are kept on a display in Rivendell.
- Boromir finds out there that the shards are "still sharp", a line which can be a reference to the character Richard Sharpe portrayed by Sean Bean on TV.[source?]
- Aragorn is seen reverently placing the hilt of Narsil back into the display after Boromir dropped it on the floor.
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.
2012: The Hobbit films:
- As revealed in the trailer, Bilbo Baggins is seen to approach and examine the shards in curiosity, while in Rivendell. Although the Shards are not mentioned in the book, it establishes continuity with Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy.