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Glamdring (1:1) & Scabbard
The sword of Gandalf the Grey from “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “The Lord of the Rings”
About this creation
Instructions for Glamdring are now available for sale on Ebay! Please visit my Ebay account to see my custom building instructions!



Forged by the High Elves in Gondolin for the Goblin-Wars, Glamdring (translated “Foe-Hammer”) was found in a trolls’ hoard by Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo Baggins, and the dwarves of Erebor. Taking it for his own, Gandalf used the Foe-Hammer to great effect in the caves beneath the misty mountains, where it slew many a goblin who was terrified of “Beater’s” glowing-blue blade.



Having built Sting from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I wanted to construct more Tolkien weapons that I could take to the upcoming BricksCascade 2013 convention; a broadsword seemed like the natural step forward, with Andúril and Glamdring being my top two options. I might still build Andúril in the future, but I chose Glamdring for now as it is in both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and would thus better accompany Sting.



Just like with my Sting replica, my Glamdring is an approximately life-size replica of the original movie prop and slides into a specially-fitted scabbard which can be worn on one’s belt-line. The sword is 47.6” long, 10” wide, and 1.88” thick, and the weapon weighs 0.78 lbs. I first completed it on January 14, 2013, three months after building Sting.



This project was an interesting look at the structural capabilities of the LEGO System in creating the long, thin blade. The building method that I used for Sting is strong enough to keep the blade straight when the ‘sharp edges’ are pointing up and down, and a significant droop occurs when the broad sides of the blade are pointing up and down. [See the embedded video below.]



What’s interesting is that the blade’s smoothly bending downward seems to evenly distribute the weight so that the structure stays in one piece, even if I rapidly wobble the blade like a diving board. (Not bad for a ‘purist’ model with no glue!) If the blade was supposed to be much longer or thicker, I could not have accomplished this level of durability in the model.



Another interesting aspect of this project is that the sword’s length presents a significant amount of friction when sliding it in and out of its scabbard.



While the LEGO keychain element enables me to wear Glamdring at my waist, its length and weight in the scabbard make this a little awkward, and I haven’t figured out a good way to keep the pommel pointing in front of me instead of straight up in the air.



I’m not sure what my next weapon replica will be, but I’m definitely open to ideas! Feel free to comment and give me your suggestions! (And let me know if I should sell instructions for this model too!)

If you live in the Pacific Northwest, be sure to visit Bricks Cascade 2013 (on March 9-10) at the Oregon Convention Center and see my Tolkien swords in person!

Thanks for looking, and let me know what you think!



Comments

 I like it 
  May 6, 2014
I can't take my eyes off this. It's just too amazing. Fabulous work!
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  January 3, 2014
Quoting silly productions I would love to see the sword of the Nazgul built by you....
Thanks for the great idea; I might build one of those! ~Cole
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  January 2, 2014
I would love to see the sword of the Nazgul built by you....
 I like it 
  June 16, 2013
you should make anduril (the sword of Aragorn)
  March 3, 2013
make a energy sword from halo.
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  March 1, 2013
you should make orcrist next
 I like it 
  February 28, 2013
Awesome Build! It looks very good, and true to the original sword. I think you should sell or release the design, as you have made a structural technique that needs to be passed along. wish I could make it up to the convention, but I have work :( I think you should try a weapon that has some difficult angles, such as orcrist, anduril (perhaps an accompanying shattered Narsil), or perhaps something from the side of darkness, such as sauron's mace, the morgul blade, or an uruk blade. cant wait to see more!
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  February 25, 2013
This is absolutely amazing! Glamdring is my favorite sword from Middle Earth. The fact that this is structurally sound and has a functional scabbard is mind blowing. I say YES, sell directions. @Tyler Marvin, Anduril that he mentioned in his post is the "Flame of the West"
 I like it 
  February 24, 2013
Great work! I would suggest for your next sword you do 'The Flame of the West!' (Can't remember the real name!)
 I like it 
  February 24, 2013
Amazing! I love it.
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  February 23, 2013
Awesome job! This looks very impressive indeed :)
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  February 23, 2013
truly amazing ,,,realy great ,,bravo
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  February 23, 2013
Wow this crazy! Nice work!
 I like it 
  February 22, 2013
Heh, 1:1 swords seem to be really popular lately...
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  February 22, 2013
HOLY COW THAT'S AWESOME! I love how it is able to bend! THIS IS AMAZING!
 I like it 
  February 22, 2013
I've never seen or read either the Lord of The Rings or The Hobbit, but even without the context this is an impressive MOC. I'm really impressed with the level of "bend-without-breaking" it has. (I use that system of hyphinated words rather than just flexibility, because I think it sounds better). Your sword acctually behaves in a similar manner to a real sword (but of couse, a real sword does not, to use your words "Wobble up and down like a diving board." To a much lesser extent of flex, real swords did the same thing. Thus bigger swords were thicker. So, my brief lecture on swords aside, this is an excellent MOC.
 I like it 
  February 22, 2013
I think it would be awesome if you could build Gimli's axe!(awesome sword by the way.)
 I like it 
  February 22, 2013
Now that's one sturdy design. Great work!
 I like it 
  February 22, 2013
Very nice, very nice indeed!
 I like it 
  February 22, 2013
Watching the sword wobble like that just cracked me up. xD
 I like it 
  February 22, 2013
Seems like you nailed it! I love that sword :)
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  February 22, 2013
That is one good looking sword. Congrats on getting blogged!
 I like it 
  February 22, 2013
Now that's just plain cool! Awesome job :)
Cole Edmonson
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  February 21, 2013
i would love to see gimli's battle axe:)
 I like it 
  February 21, 2013
Beautiful!
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  February 21, 2013
I love it! The design is great! I also have built two lego life sized swords, a Rohan Sword, and The Sword of the Spirit. I love the pommel! I also think that you should try a wizard staff, like Gandalf the White's one. Or Anduril, Narsil, or even King Theoden's Sword!
 I like it 
  February 21, 2013
This will look even better in person, looking forward to your acquaintance!
 I like it 
  February 21, 2013
Stellar job! :D
 I like it 
  February 21, 2013
This is one of the best Lego swords I've seen. I personally think you should give Anduril a try, or the shards of Narsil. Whatever you do, I'm sure it will be great!
 I like it 
  February 21, 2013
amazing!
 I like it 
  February 21, 2013
Any of Gimli's axes would be awesome. Nice mocs. Thanks for sharing.
 I like it 
  February 21, 2013
Excellent design and impressive engineering! I'm impressed at it's sturdiness...not many LEGO swords are as strong as yours. Well done!
 I like it 
  February 21, 2013
Wow, well done! The sword is great, and the scabbard is just icing on the cake! :)
 I like it 
  February 21, 2013
Exquisite work. Very nice. Also, another keychain used further down and lower on the scabard may be what you need.
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  February 21, 2013
This is ridiculously awesome! I'm not really a "fan" of LOTR, but I can still appreciate a stunning piece of work like this one.
 I like it 
  February 21, 2013
I could see you being some kind of engineer or architect. This thing is remarkably efficient! Suggestions: Perhaps you should make Rattaghast's staff. You could probably pull off a stable design with much detail.
 I like it 
  February 21, 2013
This is awesome! It's huge! And as for your next build, I would suggest working on your LMG. I understand that guns are no longer a big priority to you, but I'd really like to see you make another firearm replica. All of your builds are truly impressive, but your guns are particularly inspiring to me. That's my suggestion, but whatever your next weapon is, I'm sure it will be as amazing as always!
 
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