Guild of Weaponsmiths
|Guild of Weaponsmiths|
|Purpose||Preserving the craft of sword making.|
|Disbanded||Likely during the Downfall of Númenor|
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. It is likely that the Guild of Weaponsmiths perished during the Downfall of Númenor.
Portrayal in adaptations
- 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.