"He is a liar, O truly tremendous one!" said one of the drivers. "Several of our people were struck by lightning in the cave, when we invited these creatures to come below; and they are as dead as stones. Also he has not explained this!" He held out the sword which Thorin had worn, the sword which came from the troll's lair. The Great Goblin gave a truly awful howl of rage when he looked at it, and all his soldiers gnashed their teeth, clashed their shields and stamped. They knew the sword at once. It had killed hundreds of goblins in it's time, when the fair elves of Gondolin hunted them in the hills or did battle before their walls. They had called it Orcrist, Goblin-cleaver, but the goblins simply called it Biter. They hated it and hated worse anyone who carried it."
About this creation
After seeing Cole Edmenson's incredible Lord of the Rings sword replicas, I had to build one of my own as well. I planned on doing Elendil's sword Narsil, but Narsil looks like Cole's Glamdring in many ways, and I didn't want to take all of his ideas. While thinking of other famous LOTR swords, I realized that Orcrist would be a fun and challenging build. Perhaps the hardest part of the build was the end of the hilt, with it's bends and curves. I finally settled on the hilt you see above. It isn't perfect, but it looks pretty good. Another thing I wanted to incorporate into the build was strength and swooshability. If any of you have seen my Katanas I posted a few months ago, you may have gathered that it didn't look to strong. and let me tell you, they were not at all. I used four stud wide plates in the katanas, so they were not very swooshable.The only way I could hold them was straight in the air, and if I tilted it only a small inch, the entire blade would snap. For this build, I used bricks instead of plates, and used a long technic brick to connect the blade to the hilt. The sword is quite sturdy, and can be swung and slice through goblins with ease. I'll try to get a video uploaded, although my camera is not uploading videos correctly at the moment.
Also, I planned on building a sheath for Orcrist, but due to lack of pieces, It wasn't possible. Still, I'm very pleased with the results. It's quite fun to swing at imaginary Goblin King stomachs :P
This is awesome, dude!
What's crazy is that Cole Edmonson had also planned to build an Orcrist - here it is: http://www.moc-pages.com/moc.php/373965
I think he may have finally met his match!
Again, excellent work!
Just one tip, though I realize that this may not have been possible with Orcrist due to all the crazy curves...
If in the future you build more swords, I would advise that you extend the blade longer than what you want shown, then build the hilt around that part of the blade. That way, the hilt and the blade are not two completely different chunks, but rather, the hilt is only a bulkier part of the blade. If you don't get my meaning, check out a normal kitchen knife. The blade extends into the handle.