Hello everyone! My name is Phil and Ive been a Tolkien Professor Podcast listener for about 5 years. Im really excited about this new project, and Im hoping to be able to contribute. Ive long envisioned the early elvish weapons as being cast from bronze. So, this summer Im planning to build a backyard metal smelter and try my hand at casting some bronze swords. This will be the first time Ive done this so there will likely be a bit of a learning curve. What I would love to get some help with is the design work. Im confident that I can learn to produce a sword, but Im not much of an artist so if anyone here would like to contribute some drawings I would be grateful. Some things to keep in mind; a bronze sword needs to be kept short (around 36 inches overall); the hilt, pommel, and blade will all be cast as a single piece; and the sword should be single handed and preferably double-edged. Looking forward to seeing what we can come up with!