Lot 577: "Frodo Baggins" hand-crafted full-size "Sting" aluminum sword from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy
December 21, 2013
Calabasas Hills, CA, USALive Auction
577. “Frodo Baggins” hand-crafted full-size "Sting" aluminum sword from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Sting was an ancient blade made by Elvish weapon-smiths used by lead character Frodo Baggins in Tolkien’s epic The Lord of the Rings. This is one of the production made Sting swords beautifully crafted with resin hilt and hand-etched aluminum blade by WETA Workshop. As Tolkien described in the book, Sting is depicted as vaguely leaf-shaped, with gently curving edges. Engraved on the blade are Sindarin letters that read phonetically, “Maegnas aen estar nin dagnir in yngyl im.” Translated they read, “Sting is my name; I am the spider’s bane”. During the production of any film, there are variations of most props due to time constraints of manufacturing. In this sword, the vinyl transfer detailing on the sword grip is reversed from the example used in the close-up shots of the hilt, yet both styles were used in production. This revered prop weapon was given to Sideshow Collectibles in June 2002 and was on display in their boardroom until relocation of the business in 2006. Measuring 27 in. long, the sword has a WETA logo, reference number, date and “Sting (Human Scale)” engraved into it. The sword remains in very fine condition. Artifacts from The Lord of the Rings trilogy are highly coveted by collectors and very rare—the vast majority of key props still in the possession of the production. On December 16, 2012 Profiles in History sold Orlando Bloom’s “Legolas” bow for an amazing $372,000. A cornerstone piece for any modern fantasy collection. Comes in a custom shadowbox display.
$30,000 - $50,000