About Beleg Cuthalion

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    Why did Beleg use the sword Anglachel after the wisdom of Melian told him the sword will betray you and lead you to your doom, why oh why would he still take the sword?
     
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    Melian's warning concerning Anglachel from THE CHILDREN OF HURIN

    With hindsight, prophecy often becomes clear even if initially it is very vague. Melian's prophecy doesn't seem to suggest death.
     

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    But, I don't remember if it was only implied or explicitly said, that there were many other great swords in the armory of King Thingol, I would just think with his elven wisdom he would rather not wield a sworld with any kind of doom laid upon it
     
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    Well, Anglachel was a blade of great renown, but I think it would be especially attractive to an Elf (or Man) with Beleg's special set of skills, i.e. woodcraft. Because of it's dark steel I imagine he'd be able to stealthily come upon or hide from foes with blade drawn whereas most other Elven blades at the time shone with fire or glistened in the light.
     

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    Well he said, "Nonetheless I will wield it while I may". Now we can only speculate on what his purpose was. We actually have very little info to go on, and since the book is mainly an informative novel rather than delving too much into the minds of the characters, it is difficult to produce an argument based on Beleg's character. The idea of stealth isn't very strong since the edges still gleamed. But Eol's craftsmanship was unparalleled, almost. Perhaps he felt he needed the best blade available. Perhaps he had some foresight that Anglachel would be the bane of Glaurung. Who knows? We have just too little to go on.
     
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    Everybody ignores Melian! It's like a running joke.

    Thingol ignores her when she warns him about sending Beren to his death
    Beren ignores her when she says the Nauglafring is cursed
    Thingol ignores her again when she suggests throwing away the gold of Glaurung
    Turin ignores her when she advises him to stay in Doriath longer
    Morwen ignores her and leaves Doriath after Turin

    You'd think being an immortal deity with actual prophetic powers, somebody would listen to her for once.
     

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