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Gúthwinë was the sword of Éomer.

History[edit | edit source]

When Éomer, who had been imprisoned by the order of Gríma, was set free by Háma, his sword was returned to him by Háma after he had asked for its return. Éomer offered his sword to Théoden after Gandalf suggested that Théoden's fingers would remember their old strength if they held a sword-grip. When Théoden took the hilt of the sword it seemed to those who watched that strength and firmness returned to his arm.[1]

Éomer used Gúthwinë in the Battle of the Hornburg, where he drew it alongside Aragorn to drive away the wild men battering the gate of the Hornburg.[2] 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.[3]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The name Gúthwinë is Old English,[4] representing a Rohanese word meaning "battle-friend".[5] Christopher Gilson and Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull suggest that it is a compound of guÞ ("war", "battle", "fight") and wine ("friend").[5][4]


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