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The eket was a short stabbing sword wielded by the Númenóreans. 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." It also can be assumed that it was longer at times and similar in appearance to Barrow-blades.[source?]
Isildur carried one on his way to Arnor. While escaping the Disaster of the Gladden Fields, he retained the eket after discarding the rest of his war gear to swim across Anduin.
Inspiration[edit | edit source]
The sword's description is similar in many ways to the Gladius carried by Roman legionnaires. It also is similar to some European long daggers.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields", note 28