Sword of Manwë

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This article describes a concept which is mentioned in J.R.R. Tolkien's works, but was never given a definite name.
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The sword of Manwë was a weapon that the said Vala carried with him during the War of the Powers, and which was later used by his herald Eönwë during the War of Wrath.

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The first mention of such a weapon occurred during the War of the Powers, where it is said:

It came to pass that at last the gates of Utumno were broken and its halls unroofed, and Melkor took refuge in the uttermost pit. Thence, seeing that all was lost (for that time), he sent forth on a sudden a host of Balrogs, the last of his servants that remained, and they assailed the standard of Manwë, as it were a tide of flame. But they were withered in the wind of his wrath and slain with the lightning of his sword; and Melkor stood at last alone.
Morgoth's Ring, "Annals of Aman"[1]

Afterwards, millennia later, it is said that Manwë gave his sword to Eönwë his herald,[2] who led the Host of the Valar during the War of Wrath, where Morgoth was finally defeated.[3]

See also[edit | edit source]


Weapons in Tolkien's legendarium
 Arrows:  Black Arrow · Dailir · Red Arrow
Axes:  Dramborleg · Durin's Axe
Bows:  Belthronding · Bow of Bregor · Bow of the Galadhrim
Knives:  Angrist · Barrow-blades · Morgul-knife · Sting
Maces:  Grond
Spears:  Aeglos
Swords:  Anglachel/Gurthang · Anguirel · Aranrúth · Dagmor · Glamdring · Glend · Gúthwinë · Herugrim · Narsil/Andúril ·  Orcrist · Ringil · Sword of Manwë