Telpënár – the Silver Fire

“And over Middle-Earth he passed
and heard at last the weeping sore
of women and of elven-maids
in Elder Days, in years of yore.

But on him mighty doom was laid,
till Moon should fade, an orbed star
to pass, and tarry never more
on Hither Shores where Mortals are;
or ever still a herald on
an errand that should never rest
to bear his shining lamp afar,
to Flammifer of Westernesse.”

– J.R.R. Tolkien

last lines from his poem “Eärendil”

Telpënár, literal meaning “Silver Fire” in Tolkien’s “Quenya” language, is a High-Elven leaf-bladed longsword crafted by myself, David DelaGardelle. I forged and ground the blade out of a piece of “feather” pattern-welded steel that came from my friends at HHH knives, talented smiths who produce near mythic-looking “damascus” patterns in steel.

A long and keen, balanced and swift blade, it was carefully crafted to evoke the dark and brooding feel of Tolkien’s noble “First Age” Elves, as well as being inspired by some historically rooted myths about Elves from Irish folklore.

With carvings that tell stories of half moon music, and wind from the North, with seedlings sprouting in the good earths soil. This sword is a deadly defender in the hands of its owner, and it speaks just as loudly on the battlefield as any Elven king would to his men in the face of doom.


 OAL: 40”
Blade Length: 30”
Blade Width: 1 and 3/4”

 Balance Point: Exactly 2” from Guard

 Steel: 1075 L6
Grip and Scabbard wood: Ebonized Walnut
Guard Pommel and Scabbard Chape: Antiqued & Carved Steel
Grip Rings and Scabbard Bridge/Bead: Cast Silver