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Anguirel

Type: Weapons

Description:

A sword forged of meteoric iron by the Sindarin smith, Eöl of Nan Elmoth; companion piece to Anglachel:
Anglachel... was so named because it was made of iron that fell from heaven as a blazing star; 1 it would cleave all earth-delved iron. One other sword only in Middle-earth was like to it. That sword does not enter into this tale, though it was made of the same ore by the same smith; and that smith was Eöl the Dark Elf, who took Aredhel Turgon's sister to wife. He gave Anglachel to Thingol as fee, which he begrudged, for leave to dwell in Nan Elmoth; but its mate Anguirel he kept, until it was stolen from him by Maeglin, his son.

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 21, Of Túrin Turambar


Etymology
anga  'iron', Sindarin ang, in Angainor, Angband, Anghabar, Anglachel, Angrist, Angrod, Anguirel, Gurthang; angren 'of iron' in Angrenost, plural engrin in Ered Engrin.

The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names


Notes
1An extraordinary example of an ancient dagger made in India of meteoric iron can be found at the Smithsonion Institution's Freer Gallery of Asian Art:

Early pre-Mughal Sultanate period (ca. 1206-1526) works on view include... [several] Mughal luxury objects, including a knife made for the Emperor Jahangir out of meteoric iron and decorated with gold inlay....

From Arts of the Indian Subcontinent and the Himalayas, at the Freer Gallery of the Smithsonion Institution

A meteoric iron knife.
A meteoric iron knife of Mughal India, 1621, from the Smithsonion's Freer Gallery.
"At dawn a tremendous noise arose in the east. It was so terrifying that it nearly frightened the inhabitants out of their skins. Then, in the midst of tumultuous noise, something bright fell to the earth from above...."

From the Jahangirnama (1605-24)

Thus did Emperor Jahangir describe a meteor that landed within his kingdom in April 1621. His fascination with unusual natural events — and his power to harness their aura — is revealed by this dagger's blade, forged from the glittering meteorite. Jahangir further noted that the blade "cut beautifully, as well as the very best swords."

From A Known Meteor Iron Blade - from 1600!, by Darrell Markewitz

Contributors:
Dim Genesis, 6Jun03
Lyllyn 30Nov04
Elena Tiriel 6Sep10, 11Oct10

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