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Aeglos (spear)

The name Aeglos refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Aeglos (disambiguation).
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"Aiglos" by Audrey Corman
Other namesAiglos
Notable forhelping to destroy Sauron during the War of the Last Alliance
GalleryImages of Aeglos

Aeglos was the spear of King Gil-galad which was greatly feared by the enemy. It was carried by the High King to the War of the Last Alliance, until Gil-galad fell in combat against Sauron himself, on the slopes of Mount Doom S.A. 3431.[1][2]

[edit] Etymology and names

Aeglos is the name of a plant and means "snow-point"[3] or "icicle".[4] The element aeg means "point", from root AYAK ("sharp, pointed");[5] and the element los means "snow".[6]

In editions of The Lord of the Rings prior to 2005, the spear is spelled Aiglos. Tolkien, however, commented in a manuscript that the more correct Sindarin spelling is in fact Aeglos.[7][8]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

Aiglos is a Holy weapon with magical abilities.[9]

1995-8: Middle-earth Collectible Card Game:

Aiglos, only playable by Warriors, gives a direct influence against Elves.

2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring:

Gil-galad is seen wielding the spear. Warren Mahy desgined the weapon.[10]

2017: Middle-earth: Shadow of War:

Aeglos is wielded by Celebrimbor's wraith. The blade bears the inscription: "Gil-galad wields a well made spear / The Orc will fear my point of ice / When he sees me, in fear of death / He will know my name: Aeglos"[11]

2018: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Gil-galad wields the spear during the Battle of Dagorlad. After Sauron's fall, Aeglos is discovered perched atop a pillar-like pinnacle in the Plateau of Gorgoroth, where it continues to emit a bright light. It is left as a beacon of hope to those who traverse the scorched plains of Mordor.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Index of Names"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings Index
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", entry "AYAK"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", entry loss
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 42, July 2001, p. 11
  8. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 231
  9. Wolfgang Baur (1994), Treasures of Middle-earth (2nd edition) (#2010)
  10. Gary Russell, The Art of The Fellowship of the Ring
  11. Shadow of War, 2017, Appendices

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