Orcs, trolls and goblins beware – the weapons of Middle Earth have come to Leeds.
The collection of iconic swords from the hugely-anticipated new Hobbit film and the blockbuster Lord of the Rings franchise are going on display at the Royal Armouries museum next week.
The spectacular weapons have been flown all the way from New Zealand, where they were painstakingly crafted by Peter Lyon, the master swordsmith who created the weapons for the Oscar-winning epic movie series.
Andúril and Strider’s Sword, both wielded by Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings films, will sit alongside Glamdring, the sword of the wizard Gandalf and Sting, held by heroic hobbits Bilbo and Frodo.
All of the swords are artists’ proof copies, with only 10 to 25 of each in existence.
The Armouries is believed to be the only museum in the world to display the full set of swords.
Yesterday, the YEP got an exclusive behind-the-scenes preview of the collection before it goes on show to the public.
Speaking to the YEP, Royal Armouries’ curator of european edged weapons, Bob Woosnam-Savage said: “We had an exhibition in 2008 called The Wonderful World of Weta, and we still get people coming in every day asking where swords from Lord of the Rings are.
“But they’re also very fine examples of a living swordsmith’s work. The Lord of the Rings weapons are some of the best examples of Medieval weapons from the movies and almost all of the methods used to make them are basically the same as they would have been in Medieval times. Plus they have a real style and a grace to them.”
The four swords will go on show on December 13 to celebrate the premiere of The Hobbit; An Unexpected Journey, based on the world-famous book by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Bob added: “Peter Lyon has been making these swords since the late 1990s. So even though they haven’t been made by elves, it’s the next best thing!”