23 July 2011

365 Days of Middle-earth ~ Day 23: Orcrist

Thorin with Orcrist
Orcrist (Sindarin "goblin-cleaver") was the sword of Thorin Oakenshield and the mate to King Thurgon's sword Glamdring. Thorin discovered it in a troll-hoard during his journey to Erebor; he claimed it, while Gandalf claimed Glamdring. The goblins in the Misty Mountains nicknamed it "Biter." It had been crafted by the Elves, so it was both a feared and valuable weapon. Like Glamdring and Sting, Orcrist could detect the presence of Orcs and warned its owner by emitting a bluish hue.

Orcrist was taken from Thorin by Thranduil the Elf-king during his captivity in the Woodland Realm; it was returned to him after his death at the Battle of Five Armies. Orcrist was then placed on Thorin's tomb alongside the Arkenstone.


Etymology

Sindarin: Orch + rist

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