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The eket was a short stabbing sword wielded by the Númenóreans. It was described as "a short stabbing sword with a broad blade, pointed and two-edged, from a foot to one and a half feet long."[1]

Isildur carried one on his way to Arnor. While escaping the Disaster of the Gladden Fields, he retained the eket after discarding the rest of his war gear to swim across Anduin .

[edit] Inspiration

The sword's description is similar in many ways to the Gladius carried by Roman legionnaires. It also resembles some longer European daggers.

[edit] Portrayal in Adaptations

Appears in the Minecraft LOTR Mod as the main bladed weapon of Pelargir and the Corsairs of Umbar.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields", note 28