We explain what the shadow sword is from The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

The trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power shows a broken sword, which remakes itself in the shadows. While we don’t have a concrete answer, there are parallels in JRR Tolkien’s books that might explain what this object is.

The black blade first appears in the SDCC 2022 trailer for The Rings of Power as a broken hilt held by Theo of Tyroe Muhafidin – a human character created especially for TV.

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A second scene shows the sword magically reforging itself in a hazy cloud of smoke and fire, remaking the blade as if it had never been broken.

The same handle can be seen on character posters for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power by Amazon, and the symbol of ice cracking an anvil in the SDCC 2022 trailer looks suspiciously similar to the mark on the hilt of the black sword.

Evidently, this weapon plays a big role in the Amazon Prime Video series.

There is no direct parallel between the dark blade of The Rings of Power and the existing mythology of The Lord of the Rings, but a famous magical black sword exists in the history books of Middle-earth – Gurthang.

Not only was Gurthang broken in the First Age (explaining its state of disrepair in The Rings of Power), but the sword possessed magical properties and a spirit of its own (explaining the strange reforging).

Gurthang was not supposed to appear in a Second Age The Lord of the Rings story, and this sword could be an entirely new addition to the series.

But if the mystery blade has roots in the source material, Gurthang is the more plausible option.

Gurthang in JRR Tolkien’s books

Originally nicknamed the Anglachel, this legendary sword was created by the elf Eöl using metal from a meteorite that fell to earth (possibly linked to the falling meteor itself from The Rings of Power, although it is very unlikely to be the same).

Possessing a bloodthirsty nature and personality of its own, Anglachel bonded with its original owner, the elven warrior Beleg Cúthalion, but tragedy struck when Beleg was accidentally killed by his own blade.

The unfortunate culprit, a man named Túrin Turambar, became the next owner and renamed Anglachel “Gurthang”, but eventually succumbed to tragedy and fell on his sword after begging for death. Gurthang broke by killing yet another of its owners, and its pieces were buried with Túrin.

In The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, young Theo may have some distant link to the House of Hador of Túrin, and Gurthang has been passed down through generations.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power arrives on Amazon Prime Video on the 2nd of September.

About the author

Guilherme Coral

Guilherme Coral

A refugee from a galaxy far, far away, I landed on this planet in sector 2814 by mistake. Thanks to my passion for films and series, I was taken to the Film and Audiovisual course and I am currently venturing into the Faculty of Journalism.

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