Glorfindel Sword 2.0: New Tolkien-inspired Longsword Dec 23, 2022 21:56:54 GMT
Post by Deleted on Dec 23, 2022 21:56:54 GMT
Over the summer, I chronicled my project to build a sword worthy of one of my favorite heroes created by Tolkien: the Elf warrior, Glorfindel of Gondolin. That sword was made using a repurposed type VXIII blade made by Windlass, writhen-style hilt fittings by the basically defunct The Printed Armoury, and really ornate Cirth runes in the Sindarin language and etched by yours truly. That sword was named Luinil, or "Blue Star."
More on that sword in this thread: sbg-sword-forum.forums.net/thread/66937/project-tolkien-fantasy-sword-complete
I am pleased to announce that I am moving forward with a new project to create a sword worthy of the Lord of the House of the Golden Flower. This time, I based my design on a work of art painted by Ted Nasmith, who along with Alan Lee and John Howe, is among the most prolific visual artists who bring Tolkien's work to life. The painting is titled "Glorfindel's Bane."
Glorfindel is Lord of the House of the Golden Flower in the hidden city of Gondolin. He is a warrior of great renown and is loved by all his people. When the city of Gondolin is sacked by the enemy in the First Age, it's 400-year-old history is brought to a close by the treachery of one of their own, who gives away the secret location of the city to Morgoth. The city is sacked, and although the Elves put up a mighty defense, the city falls into ruin.
Glorfindel helps lead an exodus from the city via a secret passage through the mountains. As the Elves make their escape, they are cornered by a Balrog. Glorfindel, the only warrior remaining, defeats the Balrog single-handedly, but at the cost of his own life. The Elves bury him where he falls and erect a cairn in his honor. Thereafter, golden celandine blossoms grow upon his grave.
"Sword of the Golden Flower"
This sword is named Mallosmacil, which means "Sword of the Golden Flower" in Sindarin.
The design is owed to Brother Nate, aka The Levin Lance, who was kind enough to let me repurpose one of his unused designs. He even created the first sketch for me, which I have subsequently tweaked a bit.
The sword is another type XVIII, but this time a type XVIIIe. I have long wanted a Scandinavian style greatsword, and I thought this would be the perfect project for one.
The type XVIIIe sword has a simple elegance to the form along with a no nonsense design. It's the perfect size to take down a Balrog. It also resembles what little we can see of the sword featured in Nasmith's painting.
Purna Darnal will be making this sword while he is also making its twin, the Vined Prince 2.0 designed by Brother Nate. You can follow the progress of his project in the following thread: sbg-sword-forum.forums.net/thread/69927/vined-prince-2-project
I will provide more details about my project in future posts and will use this thread to provide updates. To date, Purna has sketched the sword and has begun work on the hilt fittings.
To be continued...