LOTR Swords

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Project by TysonK posted 159 days ago 1504 views 15 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I could try saying I built these for my sons, but the truth is I’m just a nerd and a huge Lord of the Rings fan, books and movies. These are full size replicas of two of the movie swords, Boromir’s and Aragorn’s ranger sword made from some scrap jotoba, birch and oak

It was a lot of fun to figure out a way to make them. For Boromir’s I created a full tang and the handle pieces are all built to fit. Ie- I used packing tape on a block of wood so wood glue wouldn’t adhere to it, glued up the handle around it and turned it on the lathe. Cutting the ends off I could tap the taped block of wood out and it fit perfectly. Likewise with the pommel.

The ranger sword handle was one piece, stained differently for color variation so the tang doesn’t need to be as long but similar strategy.

Anyway, one for you fellow geeks out there.

-- -- Tyson

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#1 posted 159 days ago

Very nice, kinda want to make some for.myself at some point.

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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#2 posted 159 days ago

Brilliant work! I love those movies, and the artistic effort that went into the props really endeared me to them. Being a sword guy doesn’t hurt either. I’ve seen similarly inspired before, and I’ll definitely revisit this territory sometime.

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Awesome job.

-- Brian in Arlington, TX

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#3 posted 159 days ago

I see nothing wrong with being a nerd and a LOTR fan – Great job! Just say they were a skill building exercise ;) Too bad a wooden lightsaber would probably require a lathe… :D

-- aspiring jill of all trades

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#4 posted 159 days ago

AWESOME!! just awesome

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#5 posted 159 days ago

Cool. I’ll be showing these to my oldest.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#6 posted 159 days ago

How in the hell do you not break them when you play with them?!!? And don’t say you don’t play fight with them, I’m only looking at a picture and it’s all I wanna do right now! runs off to attack dog with broom handle

-- - A daddy that loves playing with his kiddies and his tools!

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#7 posted 159 days ago

I am also a big LOTR fan, these are awesome. Great job!

-- Making Sawdust is great stress relief...

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#8 posted 159 days ago

Very Nice Project Indeed! Thanks For Posting.


-- The Difference Between A BEER And Your OPINION Is, I Asked For The BEER!

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#9 posted 158 days ago

Those are AWESOME! Nice craftsman ship and problem solving on how to make them.

Being a huge LOTR fan I so want to try this as well now.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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#10 posted 158 days ago

Thanks all, great to be surrounded by fellow enthusiasts. Now it’s just a matter of deciding… Orcrist or Glamdring next….

-- -- Tyson

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#11 posted 158 days ago

Glamdring! And after that, either Legolas’ long knives or Anduril.

-- Brian in Arlington, TX

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#12 posted 158 days ago

pretty swift. makes me wanna go watch the movies again

-- Remember, Jesus was a carpenter.

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#13 posted 158 days ago

WOW!!! You did a fantastic job, they are super detailed. As a fellow wooden toy sword maker, I can appreciate the time and thought you put in them. I’m also a huge LOTR and Tolkien geek and have made a TON of wooden toy swords from the LOTR and Hobbit movies. I primarily use just a scroll saw and my router to shape the swords, and them paint/stain them to look realistic. I have always been impressed with Boromir’s sword, but have never had a lathe to turn the handle and hilt. I’ve made a lot of Legolas’ Daggers, Elf Swords, Sting, Anduril, Glamdring, Faramir’s Sword, and King Theodon’s. I’ve even made Isildur and a Gondorian Ranger’s Sword from the Prologue. Here’s a link to my Gondorian Ranger Sword:

I’m getting ready this afternoon to start designing Taurial’s Daggers from the Desolation of Smaug. Hope they will be a hit with the girls :-) If you ever want to swap ideas or even trade projects, I’d love to share some of my work with a fellow LOTR geek!


-- Homer Simpson: "Hi Bart, how was school today?" Bart: "Os-Os.....Thats backwars for so-so" Homer: "Wowwww"

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#14 posted 158 days ago

My fellow awesome nerds, you have crafted some pretty cool swords as well. Count me impressed. Yes indeed, with the desolation of smaug coming soon, I’ve been thinking on turning out a few more.

For anyone who might find this useful, here is a link to the SketchUp file of these and a few others. It’s not highly finished as it’s just a way to work out some of the details in my head, but easy to take a few measurements for the shops and print out some details in full size for reference.

-- -- Tyson

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#15 posted 158 days ago

Having a serious nerd moment of my own right now…. when people ask me.. “You know what this is?” My stock answer is going wide eyed and saying with extreme excitement.. “Glamdring???!!!”

This is a shelf on a bookstand that I made… I painted all the figurines myself. Of course that was before kids and woodworking took over my life. Now this bookshelf is in the basement beside the couch where I do all my marquetry.

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