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Gúthwinë was the sword of Éomer, borne by him at the Battle of the Hornburg, where he drew it alongside Aragorn to drive away the wild men battering the gate of the Hornburg.[1] Presumably Éomer also used Gúthwinë at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, where he cast his sword into the sunlight and sang as he caught it, upon seeing the Standard of Elendil appear on the lead ship approaching on the Anduin.[2]

[edit] Etymology

The name Gúthwinë is Old English, representing a Rohirric word meaning "battle-friend".[3] The two dots (diaresis) over the final "e" was added by Tolkien to indicate that there are three syllables in the word, which rhymes with "Tina" not with "fine."


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "Helm's Deep"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
  3. 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. 85

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