Gurthang / Anglachel
Forged by Eöl, a dark Elf. Anglachel was given to Thingol in return for freedom to dwell in his forest. But Anglachel had the dark heart of it's maker, and was to taste innocent blood and bring much sorrow.
The blade is inscribed with Angerthas Cirth reading
"I AM GURTHANG"
"SWIFTLY I SLAY THEE"
Turin spoke with Gurthang: "Hail Gurthang! No lord or loyalty dost thou know, save the hand that wieldeth thee. From no blood wilt thou shrink. Wilt thou therefore take Túrin Turambar, wilt thou slay me swiftly?" And from the blade rang a cold voice in answer: "Yes, I will drink thy blood gladly, that so I may forget the blood of Beleg my master, and the blood of Brandir slain unjustly. I will slay thee swiftly."
Weight: Without Leaf 1245g (2lb 12oz), With Leaf 1480g (3lb 4oz)
Overall Length: 1025mm (40.5")
Blade Length: 810mm (32")
Hilt Length: 215mm (8.5")
Guard Width: 255mm (10")
Point of Balance: With Leaf 75mm (3") / Without leaf 90mm (3.6")
Blade Node of Percussion: 490mm (19.3")
Hilt Node of Percussion: Grip / Guard junction.
The grip is very rary Western Australian Lace Sheoak (Allocasuarina Fraserana). Chosen for it's firey figuring, as Anglachel was forged of iron from a flaming star.
[Check out my other Tolkien inspired works here ]