Fantasy Swords - Hadhafang - Arwen’s Sword
- Language of inscription on blade: Sindarin
- Writing system: Tengwar (Mode of Beleriand)
Arwen, one of the characters in JRR Tolkien trilogy, the Lord of the Rings. In the movie adaptation my Peter Jackson, Arwen “inherited” a sword. Its background of the Hadhafang, the sword once belonged to the Elvish princess Idril, who wed a mortal man Tuor and bore Eärendil, the father of Elrond who in turn was father to Arwen.
Before Arwen’s birth Elrond wielded the Hadhafang sword at the end of the second age of “Middle-Earth,” during the Last Alliance of Elves and Men in the great battle against Sauron. Later on in her life, Arwen will wield the Hadhafang sword when she will aid Frodo in his escape from the Ringwraiths.
On the sword’s blade was written a text:
“Aen estar Hadhafang i chathol hen, thand arod dan i thang an i arwen” which can be transalted as “[It] is called Throng-cleaver this broadsword-blade, [a] defence noble against the [enemy] throng for [a] noble-lady”.
The original inscription included the last line which was dropped due to lack of space on the blade. The line was:
“Idril i hel en aran Gond Dolen” which means “Idril, daughter of the king [of the] Hidden Rock [Gondolin]”.
Source & Copyright: Encyclopedia of Arda