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King’s Sword

The ancestral sword of the Kings of Númenor

One of the few heirlooms to survive the destruction of Beleriand at the end of the First Age, the King's Sword of Númenor was in origin Aranrúth, the sword of King Thingol of Doriath. After the fall of Doriath, Aranrúth came into the keeping of Thingol's great-granddaughter Elwing, and from her it passed to her son Elros. As the Second Age began, Elros went to the new land of Númenor and became its first King, Tar-Minyatur. Thus Aranrúth became a treasured heirloom of the Kings of Númenor that succeeded Elros.

By the closing years of the Second Age, the King's Sword was at least three thousand years old, and quite possibly much older still. It was lost at the time of the Downfall of Númenor, either in the fall of Númenor itself, or possibly in the disastrous invasion of Aman by Ar-Pharazön the last King of Númenor.

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