From Rider Swords to Ascûdgamln, Shur’tugal Presents: The Top Ten Weapons in the Inheritance Cycle: Part 1 (#6-10)

top-ten-weapons-headerEvery true fantasy hero (and villain) needs a good weapon.  Whether in a large scale battle or a duel of champions, a warrior’s chosen weapon can mean life or death.  Not only used for fighting, they can also be symbols of great power, hope and despair.  Fortunately for fans of the Inheritance Cycle, the series is loaded with amazing weaponry both beautiful and meaningful.  From infamous Rider swords, to improvised tools and unique enchantments, the weapons of Inheritance are fantastical and far reaching in so many ways.

Below you’ll find the first of a two part series where we’ll count down the top ten most incredible weapons from the Inheritance Cycle.  Starting with numbers ten through six, the remaining top five will be revealed in tomorrow’s post! (Note: This list is only the Shur’tugal staff’s opinion, and we’d love to hear what your top ten list is in the comments!)

Without further ado:

10-volund10. Volund – This warhammer is a legendary weapon among the dwarves.  Forged by the first dwarf king, Korgan Longbeard, Volund has served as the personal weapon of dwarven kings and queens for generations.  King Hrothgar wielded Volund in the battles at Farthen Dûr and Burning Plains, where he was slain by Murtagh.  It was then passed on to Orik when he became King of the dwarves.

Why it’s so epic:  Volund is a powerful symbol for the dwarven race.  Being an ancient weapon wielded by kings, it gives the dwarves an everlasting symbol to rally behind in difficult times.9-naegling

9. Naegling – This was the sword of Oromis, the venerable Rider and mentor to Eragon, Brom and Morzan. As with many Rider blades, Naegling mirrored the color of the dragon ridden by its wielder. Just as the dragon Glaedr was golden in color, this sword had a similar rich golden-bronze hue. A large golden jewel was set in the pommel for storing energy.

Why it’s so epic:  Not only was Naegling the sword of one of the wisest and oldest surviving Dragon Riders, this blade was stored with an immense amount of energy. The yellow gem was pumped full of valuable energy by Oromis, Glaedr and several other elves. Naegling is now the subject of much speculation, as it was lost in the invasion of Gil’ead where Oromis fell, and has yet to reappear.

8-tinkledeath8. Albitr (Tinkledeath) – This weapon is as mysterious as the person who wields it. The sword of Angela the Herbalist, Tinkledeath got its name from the sound it makes when tapped. Though its exact materials are unknown, its transparent blade is extremely strong and sharp like diamond. Angela even professed Tinkledeath to be the sharpest blade that exists, and it could easy cut through any material free of magical wards. The sword was also accompanied by a scabbard that was protected against its sharpness.

Why it’s so epic: Angela is one of the most powerful beings in Alagaësia, so the fact that she has such a dangerous sword makes her even more impressive. Since Tinkledeath is basically unblockable without some sort of magic, it is extremely effective in many battle situations.7-ascudgamln

7. Eragon’s Ascûdgamln – The Ascûdgamln are a unique weapon designed by the dwarves. Meaning fists of steel in their language, these knuckle weapons are just that. By drilling holes into the knucklebones, the dwarves were able implant sockets into which various spikes and studs could be attached. This was a very risky operation and not many dwarves would go through it, and Eragon could not due to having smaller human hands though it did not diminish his respect for the Ascûdgamln. To help balance his newfound elvish strength when fistfighting, Eragon used magic to form calluses on his knuckles in the same fashion as the Ascûdgamln.

Why it’s so epic: While Eragon’s Ascûdgamln were not fists of steel in the traditional sense, they were still a major alteration for him.  As part of his elvish transformation, Eragon’s physical change was significant. He was truly a force to be reckoned with, and no longer just a mere human.

6-tamerlein6. Támerlein – Originally the sword of Dragon Rider Arva, this blade rested in the trove of the House Valtharos in Ellesméra before being claimed by Arya at the end of Inheritance. Though it was once offered to Eragon to use, he was not fond of its style and fit. Like all Rider swords, Támerlein has a gem set in the pommel for energy storage, which in this case is an emerald. This large sword’s blade was similarly matched with a lustrous green hue.

Why it’s so epic: Though we don’t see this sword much in the Inheritance Cycle, it is nonetheless important because it has come forth from an old generation of Riders to a new generation. Matching the green color of Arya’s dragon Fírnen, Támerlein is a sign of hope and reflection of Arya’s power as both Rider and Queen of the elves.

Now we ask: What is your favorite weapon from our list so far?  Would you change the order of our list in any way? Which weapons do you think will make our top five?

  • Johanides

    i really like Támerlein not for shape or eventual history but meaning of its name

  • Rich Abey

    Tinkledeath’s my favorite of the list, mainly because it’s wielded by Angela (my 2nd favorite character), and because it helped her save Eragon & Arya when they were both in serious peril. Also I rate it above the Ascudgamln & I’d say the same of Naegling except that it hasn’t helped Oromis much in the two most important moments of his life (capture by the Forsworn & ultimate death via Galbatorix).

  • Kira Bond

    My favourite weapon is Zar’oc. Even though I hate the colour red, I really like the style and I think it suits Murtagh really well. I actually think it’s the most powerful because of all the things it’s done, good and bad.

  • Magnus

    I like the list, but I must say that I think Tinkledeath is more epic that Eragons Ascûdgamln, considering that it actually isn’t real Ascûdgamln, but just thick, hardened skin, while Tinkledeath is the sharpest blade in the world…

  • Gustavo Carneiro

    I love tinkledeath by how it looks and by its efficiency! 😀

  • zerio29

    I hope Roran’s hammer is in top 5 along with magic

  • Joe Sealey

    The picture of Tàmerlein is based on the film adaptation of Zar’ rok i must say it looks better in green 🙂

  • Derek_anny

    “Naegling is now the subject of much speculation,”

    Don’t remind me. I’m not so much interested in what happened to the sword. I’m much more interested in the stone. A fall from that height would break a normal stone. What would happen should a stone with THAT much energy inside it break? Or does the energy protect it from breaking? So many questions about stored energy!

    • Joe Sealey

      Oromis placed multiple wards and spells upon tge sword being as he was not whole in his magic so surely he placed protection over the stone being as it held so much energy

  • Aziah Taplin Bishop

    they look just like I hoped they would.. except maybe Tinkle Death, but I like it all the same.

  • Christopher Vogas

    I love the look of the rider’s swords

  • Regnvær

    I think we will see the Dauthdært in there shortly.

  • Ajay

    Favourite is probably Tamerlain since green is my favourite colour… what can I say?

    But, I do have to say something about this statement: ‘Támerlein is a sign of hope and reflection of Arya’s power as both Rider and Queen of the elves.’ Wasn’t one of the key foundations or situations the Riders, i.e. Eragon, wanted to avoid was a Rider being a monarch? And now Arya’s just gone and sat down on the knotted throne, completely disregarding this.

    I know, I know… off topic and all but I couldn’t help but say something when I saw that statement.

    Other top five? Hmm. Brisingr, Undbitr, Zar’roc, that thing Angela had (the staff with two sword blades on either end) and Galbatorix’s sword (can’t remember it’s name sadly…)

    • Nolan Holley

      I love green, especially for a sword!

      • Ajay

        Green armour, green shields! Green everything. 😀 But I have to agree, the image of Tamerlain shows how it’s almost like an emerald blade. I love it.

    • Olly Morris

      I think the elves had different ideas about being a monarch and a Rider at the same time, as they lived for so much longer than humans; I might be wrong, but I recall one of the elves (either Arya or Oromis) saying something about a previous elf monarch also being a Rider.
      Everybody thought being a human monarch/Rider was a bad idea though, as they would rule for hundreds of years over short lived normal humans.

  • Cristina

    Tinkledeath should be at least in the top five. It can cut through anything! Heck, it almost cut Eragon!

    • When you see the top five, you’ll better understand why this weapon was a bit further down. Our aim with this list was not to list the weapons with the most blunt power, but the weapons that were most powerful in shaping the events of the Inheritance Cycle.

  • Shane Latondress

    Out of the list so far I would say Naegling is my favorite because Arumis has placed numerous spells on it to help safeguard him seeming he was not exactly whole. Unfortunately he should have added one small accessory to the beautiful gold sword, a leather strap to tie it to his hand. 🙂

    The weapon list ok but I would have put Naegling higher on the list and I would have put Niernen, the Orchid on this list because even though it is a powerful spear it’s only ever mentioned in Inheritance unlike some of the other weapons.

    As for what will make the tops 5 let’s see:
    1 Brisingr
    2 Zar’rok
    3 Roran’s Hammer
    4 Vranger
    5 Niernen

  • Olivia Sounders

    I thought that Tinkledeath would be much higher on the list since it can cut through a wall like butter. Her sword is definitely my favorite weapon for use but Zar’roc is my favorite for looks because of its color.

  • Garrett Mackay

    The dauthdaert will be at #1 if any real order is followed.

    • silas

      i agree

  • Jonathan Breckenridge

    I hope Roran’s hammer makes it close to the top of the list, it’s meaning a symbolism is really well represented in the books.

    • Nolan Holley

      You’re definitely on the right track for how we’re ranking these 🙂

      • Jonathan Breckenridge
  • Darth Crow

    Tinkledeath is definately a nod to lightsabers!

    • Nobody

      More likely to the Subtle Knife from His Dark Material by Philip Pullman. A knife that is cut anything, even space between dimensions. The riders swords are more akin to lightsabers.

  • Lauren Heaslip

    Eragon’s Ascûdgamln is pretty epic.

    • Nolan Holley

      I definitely think they’re one of the most unique weapons of the series. Can you imagine getting those holes drilled into your hands? Ouch!

      • luke

        there cool and all but personly i don’t think there as good as any of the weapons

  • Zachary

    What about the dagger Angela stabbed the Priest with?

    • Christopher Vogas

      That only appeared in a small section of the book, not exactly the most influential weapon in the book, but still awesome none the less!

    • luke

      and what about solembums black dagger

  • Ze End

    #1 weapon will be the idea Eragon had to defeat Galbatorix. There was no weapon trusted through Gably’s chest, or that he was overpowered by magic, he was just outsmarted.

    • luke

      gabyl’s chest hahaha! nice one

  • Kelly Palmer

    Good list so far. I will say, I’d put Tinkledeath higher. I predict Brisingr #1, Zar’roc #2, and Roran’s hammer somewhere in top five.