Ghost Bustin’… With an Elven Sword?

Today we get to look at a very special elven sword. I’m sure many of you have seen the movie Ghostbusters. And I’m sure that you are all aware of one of the biggest problems that battling with ghosts presents. They are not solid. Guns, swords, axes, bazookas, not even pepper spray works against ghosts. According to Ghost Busters, the only way to fight ghosts is with a portable nuclear particle accelerator. Or something. Yeah. Right.

Well we don’ need no stinking nucleoid whachamaclerator. We got People. Elves to be exact. Magical freakin’ sword smith elves that know how to make the coolest ghost cuttin’ blades. Like this one. Folks, I’d like you to meet:

Anduril – Sword of King Aragorn

Anduril - The Sword of Aragorn
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Now this is a beautiful sword. It is one of those simply but elegantly designed swords, that are just awe inspiring. The sleek, rune engraved blade is a work of art. And the simple cross guard only adds to sophistication of the blade. These elves really know their stuff!!

And then there is the all-important spectre battling ability. In the movie, this sword was used to “persuade” an army of ghosts to fight beside Aragorn in the last installment of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Ignoring for a moment the paradox created by the fact that these ghosts actually *wanted* to be released from their ghostly purgatory, I suppose if I were a ghost who suddenly found myself in the unusual position of having a ghost-killing sword, of all things, at my throat, with the very real possibility that it might *ahem* “kill” me, I would have joined up too.

Then again I might just have joined to see if Aragorn could get one of his elven friends to make me one…

Anduril – The Ghost Bustin’ Sword of King Aragorn – [TolkeinTown]


3 Responses to “Ghost Bustin’… With an Elven Sword?”

  1. 1 ChroniclerLoki
    September 21, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    *cough* This blade is a very cool sword and its ability to (figuratively) slaughter the dead is a nice touch, but still the dead have no fear of death, only that the next plane of existance would be worse than this one. I think that ghosts would be more fearful of the Soul Reaver because that actually devours the souls of the dead and from their I don’t know what is done except that they are supposedly delivered to the Elder God to be returned to the Wheel of Fate and be reborn, in the end which is worse being destroyed or being eaten and given a new life, perhaps against your wishes if you didn’t want one?

  2. September 25, 2008 at 1:12 am

    Well, you are right, what actually happens to the spirit of the vanquished dead once cut down by Anduril is somewhat vague in the Tolkien world, but it is canon that there are many planes of existence, so it may be possible that they are simple freed from this plane and shunted to another…

    It isn’t really specified what if any real threat the sword poses besides the fact that it would affect the ghosts in much the way a real sword would affect a real human. However it’s power was clearly more symbolic than anything else, proof positive that Aragorn could release them from their curse…

  3. 3 ChroniclerLoki
    September 25, 2008 at 2:44 am

    All too True

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