Glamdring (dNetHack)

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Base item elven broadsword
Damage vs. small 1d6+1d4 +1d10 +1d20
Damage vs. large 1d6+2 +1d10 +1d20
To-hit bonus +1d5
Bonus versus
  • primary bonus: all monsters
  • secondary bonus: orcs and demons
Weapon skill elven broadsword
Size one-handed
When carried


When wielded
When invoked


Base price 2000 zm
Weight 20
Material wood

Glamdring is an artifact weapon that appears in dNetHack and notdNetHack. It is lawful and favors Nobles, and its base item is an elven broadsword.


Glamdring cannot be randomly generated or wished for, and is the first guaranteed sacrifice gift for dwarven Knights.


Glamdring has +1d5 to-hit and deals +1d10 damage versus all monsters, and deals an additional +1d20 to orcs and demons, along with warning of both monster types while wielded. Glamdring cannot be knocked out of the player character's hands while wielded.


In J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and Unfinished Tales, Glamdring (known in Sindarin as "Foe-hammer") was an elven sword originally forged several millennia ago by high-elven smiths in Gondolin alongside Orcrist - like most elven blades, both swords radiated a blue glow whenever orcs were near. Glamdring was described as a white-gold sword in a ruel-bone (ivory) sheath, with a beautiful scabbard and jewelled hilt much like Orcrist; once the sword of King Turgon, it was most likely lost during the Fall of Gondolin. It was known as the "Beater" among goblins and orcs alike, suggesting that Turgon put it to good use before it was lost.

When the wizard Gandalf rescued Thorin's traveling group from a trio of trolls, Glamdring was discovered in their hoard alongside Orcrist and Sting. Gandalf claimed the weapon as his own, amazed by its appearance and inscription, with Elrond translating the runes for him. When Thorin and his company were captured by orcs in the Misty Mountains, Gandalf rescued them by using Glamdring to fell their ruler, the Great Goblin - the other orcs fled at the sight of the "Beater", allowing Thorin, Bilbo and the dwarves to escape. Afterward, Gandalf would travel with the Fellowship of the Ring, using Glamdring in his standoff with the Balrog known as Durin's Bane at the The Bridge of Khazad-dûm.

With his staff destroyed during the battle, Gandalf saw to the collapse of the bridge, which allowed the Fellowship to escape; Gandalf then fought the Balrog on the Endless Stair and into Durin's Tower, the battle eventually bringing them to the peak of Zirakzigil. After three days and two nights of intense combat, Gandalf cast down and defeated the Balrog for good, but died shortly after - fortunately, he would return as Gandalf the White, bringing Glamdring with him when he met the Three Hunters. Gandalf continued to bear the sword from that point on, surrendering it briefly it to Háma at Edoras, and carrying it at his side as he and Frodo's group arrived at the Prancing Pony in Bree. When Gandalf left Middle-earth and sailed into the West, the fate of Glamdring was left unknown.