One of the many ways Peter Jackson brought the world of Middle Earth to life was through the meticulous detail he and the geniuses at Weta Workshop put into the conceptualization of weapons from Lord of the Rings. In the world of J.R.R. Tolkien, weapons hold as much history and significance as the people who wield them, which is unsurprising given the entire plot of the Lord of the Rings trilogy revolves around the destruction of an incredibly powerful weapon – the One Ring.Weaponry from Middle Earth is expertly crafted with careful consideration of the culture and history behind the wielder. From the Rings of Power to the heroes’ blades, these Middle Earth weapons will leave you cowering in a corner, sweetly crooning, “My precious!”
Names: Andúril, Flame of the West
Characteristics: Reforged from the shards of Isildur’s sword, Narsil, Andúril bears the inscription, "I am Andúril, who was Narsil, the sword of Elendil. Let the thralls of Mordor flee me."History: After Isildur used the broken Narsil to cut the Ring off Sauron’s finger, the sword’s shards were housed in Rivendell. They were reforged years later for Isildur’s heir, Aragorn, who repeatedly flashed the sword to establish his identity as the rightful king of Gondor.
Names: Narya, the Ring of Fire, the Red Ring
Characteristics: Narya has the power to inspire hope, particularly in those who have fallen to despair. It also has the power to shield itself and its wielder from prying eyes.History: Like the other Elven Rings of Power, this ring was made by the Ñoldorin Prince, Celebrimbor. It was given to Gandalf by the elf Círdan, who upon giving the ring to the Wizard, said, “Thou shalt rekindle hearts to the valor of old in a world that grows chill.”
Names: Vilya, the Ring of Air, Blue Ring, the Dominant Ring, Ring of Sapphire
Characteristics: Vilya was the strongest of the three Elven rings. Its exact powers are unknown, but it is believed that it gave its bearer healing powers and control over minor elements, such as water. Elrond’s ability to summon a torrent of water to chase off the Ringwraiths is thought to be in part powered by Vilya.History: Just before the death of Gil-galad, the High King of the Ñoldor in Middle-Earth, the ring was given to Elrond.
Names: Nenya, Ring of Adamant, the White Ring, the Ring of Water
Characteristics: Galadriel’s ring had the power to preserve and protect. She used the ring to create and preserve Lothlorien, which was considered the most beautiful of the Elven lands in Middle Earth.
History: Once the One Ring was destroyed, Nenya and all the other rings lost their power. Since Galadriel used her ring to shape Lothlorien, the land’s beauty faded with the destruction of the One Ring.