Guild of Weaponsmiths

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Guild of Weaponsmiths
Organisation
FounderNúmenóreans
PurposePreserving the craft of sword making.
Notable membersNúmenóreans
LocationNúmenor
DisbandedLikely during the Downfall of Númenor

The Guild of Weaponsmiths was a guild of Númenor comprised of skilled weaponsmiths. It was formed by the Númenórean descendants of the wrights of the Edain.

History[edit]

The founders of the Guild of Weaponsmiths originally acquired great knowledge and skill from Noldorin Elves in the forging of swords, axeblades, spearheads, and knives. They were cunning in their mining, smelting, and smithying, as iron and copper were common materials on the island of Númenor. The guild was originally founded simply to preserve the craft of sword making, and the forging of tools that would see use in peaceful activities, such as axes, spears, and bows. Yet, their importance grew as Númenor extended its influence into Middle-earth, fashioning great bows of hollowed steel that were feared, and black-feathered arrows used by the King's Archers.[1] It is likely that the Guild of Weaponsmiths perished during the Downfall of Númenor.

Portrayal in adaptations[edit]

2022: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power:

9 September: Adar:
While the guild itself is not named, the concept appears when Halbrand approaches a Smithy of the guild, advertising his services as unique to become the Smithy's apprentice. After a few moments of the smithy ignoring him, he tells Halbrand that he has a stout heart, but that he cannot forge steel on the island of Númenor without a guild crest. Later, Halbrand steals a guild crest from a man named Tamar after getting him and his fellow guild members drunk. He seemingly gets away with the robbery, but it is then revealed that he was followed. The inevitable conflict results in Halbrand brutally murdering Tamar's fellow guild members before Tamar himself flees, getting Halbrand arrested and thrown into the dungeons.

References

Númenor
Andor · Atalantë · Elenna · Mar-nu-Falmar · Númenórë · Westernesse
Regions Andustar · Arandor · Emerië · Forostar · Hyarastorni · Hyarnustar · Hyarrostar · Mittalmar · Nísimaldar · Orrostar
Towns and cities Almaida · Andúnië · Armenelos · Eldalondë · Nindamos · Ondosto · Rómenna
Buildings Calmindon · Eämbar · King's Court · Temple · White House of Erendis
Natural features Bay of Eldanna · Bay of Rómenna · Firth of Rómenna · Hallow of Eru · Meneltarma (mountain) · Nísinen (lake) · North Cape · Nunduinë (river) · Oromet (mountain) · Siril (river) · Sorontil (mountain) · Tarmasundar (ridges) · Tompollë
Plants and trees Fragrant Trees · Lairelossë · Laurinquë · Lavaralda · Nessamelda · Nimloth · Oiolairë · Taniquelassë · Vardarianna · Yavannamírë
Heirlooms Aranrúth · Bow of Bregor · Dramborleg · Elendilmir · Narsil · Palantíri · Ring of Barahir · Sceptre of Annúminas · Sceptre of Númenor · Tile and Textiles · Helmet
Concepts Adûnaic · Ban of the Valar · Council of the Sceptre · Downfall of Númenor · Great Bear-dance · Númenórean Sindarin · Three Prayers (Eruhantalë · Erukyermë · Erulaitalë)
Key people Aldarion · Amandil · Captain of the King's Ships · Elros (House of Elros) · Erendis · Faithful · Great Armament · Guild of Venturers · Guild of Weaponsmiths · Isildur · Kings and Queens of Númenor · King's Archers · King's Men · Lords of Andúnië · Meneldur · Miriel · Palantir · Pharazôn · Sauron · Silmariën
Main texts The Silmarillion ("Akallabêth") · Unfinished Tales ("A Description of the Island of Númenor" · "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife" · "The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor") · The Lord of the Rings ("Appendix A" · "Appendix B") · The Nature of Middle-earth ("Lives of the Númenóreans" · "Of the land and beasts of Númenor")