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Made between I 126 and I 5101
Given this name by Bilbo Baggins, during a fight with the gigantic spiders of Mirkwood


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The ‘short sword’ of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins

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A knife manufactured in Gondolin in the First Age, carried away as spoil by the creatures of Morgoth who destroyed that city. It was rediscovered millennia later in a troll-hoard by Bilbo Baggins, who named it Sting after using it to rescue the companions of Thorin Oakenshield from the giant spiders of Mirkwood.



These are the dates of the founding and destruction of Gondolin. Since we know that Sting was made in that city, it must have been forged between these two dates.

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