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  Aiglos (Aeglos)

  The Spear of Gil-galad

  Dates: Used in the Battle of Dagorlad in II 34341

  Race: Elves

  Division: Noldor

  Family: House of Fingolfin

  Pronunciation: eye'glos ('eye' represents the pronunciation ofthat English word, with the same pronunciation holding for eitheralternative spelling)

  Meaning: 'Snow-point'2

  Other names: Spear of Gil-galad

  Note: There are two variant spellings of this spear's name,Aiglos and Aeglos (though in fact these are pronounced in the sameway, and would be written identically in Elvish characters). Aeglosis the most common form, but Aiglos is the spelling used (justonce) in The Lord of the Rings, and is thus - arguably - preferablefrom a canonical point of view.

  The Spear of Gil-galad, carried by him to the War of the LastAlliance. Its name is translated 'snow-point'.

  Notes

  1 The spear must surely have been in Gil-galad's possession forsome time before the Battle of Dagorlad, and may well have datedback to the First Age or even before. Nevertheless, the Battle isthe only situation where the spear explicitly appears.

  2 'Snow-point' is the literal interpretation of the spear's name,but some sources go further and suggest the broader meaning'icicle'. This might easily be correct, but to complicate mattersthere's an alternative in the name of a plant that grew inBeleriand, known as aeglos (a name interpreted as 'Snowthorn').It's possible, then, that the point of Gil-galad's spearrepresented a thorn of this plant, rather than an icicle.

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