The Lord of the Rings Master Swordsmith’s Collection is for the moviebuff
Lord of the Rings is not merely one of the most successful book-to-screen adaptations in the recent years, but it is also host to a flourishing sub-culture that collects items related to the story. We have earlier seen the sale of the Lord of the Rings Collectors chess set and the Strider’s sword. Now, the die-hard fans and collectors can buy Sting, the fourth sword in the ‘The Lord of the Rings Master Swordsmith’s Collection,’ as it is up for grabs at a price of $7,999.
Described to be the absolute epitome of craftsmanship and the most elaborate sword yet in the series, Sting encompasses multitude of exclusive sword making, metal crafting and wood working techniques.
Designed by Daniel Falconer and made in the workshops of Weta in New Zealand by master swordsmith Peter Lyon, Sting marries the cutting edge of modern precision engineering with ancient and all but forgotten techniques. Using time-honored skills and traditional techniques, the Sting’s blade and solid grip was made in the Weta’s smithy. Its grip is made with South American cocobolo wood, a dense and fine grained wood, deep in color with a waxy, grippy feel to it.
As per the story, Sting was found in a Trolls’ hoard by Bilbo Baggins, and it was an ancient Elven blade from the lost realm of Gondolin. Bilbo then carried the sword through many adventures, named it and inscribed it with Elvish script. It is the sword of Frodo Baggins, given to him by his cousin Bilbo to serve him on his harrowing journey. The Sting’s blade glows when Orcs, the violet foot soldiers of Sauron, are present nearby.