A sword forged in the First Age by the elves of Gondolin, for Turgon, their King.

In The Hobbit, Glamdring was found by Thorin Oakenshield and his companions, on their Quest of Erebor in TA 2941. Along with Orcrist and the knife later known as Sting, it had lain long in a troll-hoard but how it had come there from Gondolin was not known.

Elrond identified Glamdring from the runes upon it and translated the Sindarin name as Foe-Hammer, carried by Turgon of Gondolin in the Goblin Wars. It had the virtue of glowing blue when Orcs were nearby. Certainly the goblins, (Orcs), of the Misty Mountains recognised Glamdring as the legendary Beater that did them much damage in Ages past. Elrond surmised that it had been plundered many times before it came to the troll-hoard.

It is said that Turgon wielded Glamdring twice in battle, but how he became separated from it and how it was borne out of the ruins of Gondolin in FA 510 is a mystery.

Gandalf bore Glamdring throughout the Quest of Erebor and on through the War of the Ring. It served him well on the battlefield and in his fight with the Balrog of Moria. It is not known what became of it when he returned to The West.

Note:Additional information by Cirdaneth
Encyclopedia entry originally written by pipsqueak