Kneeling, you brush aside some fallen leaves. The tracks are barely visible in the still-damp earth, but they’re clear enough to confirm your fears.
The lines in your weather-beaten skin grow deeper as you grimly consider your quarry’s certain endpoint. No man would voluntarily go where you are headed. You find yourself reaching for the broad-bladed sword at your hip. Chances are you’ll need to rely on your oldest friend before this hunt meets its end.
The weather is unnaturally cold for early autumn, the chill already creeping under your clothes. You wrap your cloak tightly around you, hiding the ancient blade from unkind eyes, and turn to the North.
You know you are close now, but your instincts still urge you to hurry.
When a client approached us to create his dream longsword, inspired by Tolkien’s Dúnedain rangers, we couldn’t pass up the chance. Elthrovan is broad and blade-centric, with a preponderance for the cut. Despite an imposing stature the sword handles nimbly, primed for action against foes on the road.
Paired with a hardwood-cored and leather-wrapped scabbard, Elthrovan pays homage to the aesthetics of Tolkien’s original stories and the well-loved film adaptations – along with a certain Balefire flair.
A similar bespoke longsword would start at £750 plus postage.
The hardwood grip is finished in linen string and dark brown leather, intersected by a steel ring. The shape and carved detailing of the pommel is mirrored by the quillon terminals, and the blade is marked with a single engraved star at the point of balance.
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Thanks to Tilman Sebastian for his contribution to the story text.