‘The Hobbit’ and the ‘Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy are the most popular and well loved books written by the author J. R. R. Tolkien. Subsequent films only added to the popularity of Tolkien's fantasy worlds.
The Royal Armouries has a permanent display of five heroic swords based on the prop weapons used in the epic ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ movies.
With the appointment of Nicholas Merbury as master of the King's Ordnance in the early part of the 15th century, the Royal Armouries commenced its role as the standard setter for arms and armour in this country.
This pride and heritage extends to the Royal Armouries products, inspired by our collections and our special place in Britain's history.