Sting (sword)Sting - The origin of the sword Sting is a mystery other than that it's known to be of Elvish make (due to the fact that it glows in the presence of Orcs).  However, since the greatest Elvish swords were made during the First Age, it's a good bet that this one was as well.  The true name of the sword is not even known; it was dubbed "Sting" by its owner of the Third Age, Bilbo Baggins.  A short sword for full-size people, in the hands of a Hobbit it makes a formidable weapon.


"The spider lay dead beside him, and his sword-blade was stained black.  Somehow the killing of the giant spider, all alone by himself in the dark without the help of the wizard or dwarves or of anyone else, made a great difference to Mr. Baggins.  He felt a different person, and much fiercer and bolder in spite of an empty stomach, as he wiped his sword on the grass and put it back into its sheath.  'I will give you a name,' he said to it, 'and I shall call you Sting.'" ~The Hobbit, chap. 8 (Flies and Spiders)