From the story The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkein). Orcrist was found by Bilbo and the troup in a Troll's horde, along with Glamdring and Sting. Thorin the Dwarf, heir to the Throne under the Mountain, claimed Orcrist; while Gandalf claimed Glamdring, and Bilbo was given Sting.
Elrond of Rivendell translated the Cirth engravings: The Guard bears the name "Orcrist". The blade - "Goblin Cleaver". Elrond informs them that these swords belonged to the High Elves of the West, and were made in Gondolin for the Goblin Wars. A replica of the One Ring adorns the grip to remind the bearer of the Evil he is sworn to fight. The ring is engraved "In the darkness bind them", part of the spell Sauron cast on the rings:
Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
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