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Narsil was broken in II 3441; the shards were reforged to form Andúril in late III 30181
Narsil shattered during combat between Elendil and Sauron
Narsil is pronounced 'na'rsil'
Narsil represents the light of the Sun and Moon
Other names
Blade that was Broken, Sword-that-was-Broken


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  • Updated 24 June 2011
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Shards of Narsil

The broken Sword of Elendil

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At the end of the Second Age, Elendil's great sword Narsil was already an ancient and famous weapon, forged more than three millennia earlier by the Telchar of Nogrod. In the War of the Last Alliance, Elendil fell, and his sword was broken, but its remains were brought to the North-kingdom. These shards were carried by Elendil's heirs throughout the Third Age, as a token of their ancestry, until the time of the War of the Ring. The shards were reforged by the smiths of Rivendell into Aragorn's sword Andúril.



We don't know the exact date of the reforging of Narsil, but the sword was definitely still broken at the Council of Elrond on 25 October, and had been remade by the time the Company of the Ring set out two months later on 25 December.

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