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Tyrfing
Tyrfing (FE13 Artwork)
Concept artwork of the Tyrfing blade from Awakening.
First SeenFire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
Weapon TypeSword
Most common Weapon RankFE4 Star Rank (Weapons) (Units with major Baldur holy blood only)
Uses50


The Tyrfing (ティルフィング Tirufingu, translated Tyrhung in the Fire Emblem Museum and alternately translated Tailfing in Fire Emblem Treasure) sword is one of twelve holy weapons from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, and was once worn by the Crusader of Light, Baldur.

Only descendants of Baldur are able to wield the blade during the events of Genealogy of the Holy War, and even then, only those in possession of major Baldur blood are permitted to do so. To this end, the only playable characters who are able to fully harness the blade's potency are Sigurd and Seliph.

As a result of the huge bonus that the Tyrfing blade provides to its wearer's Resistance and the tremendous Might that it possesses, it is thus one that effectively postulates its wielder (either Seliph or Sigurd) as a mage killer of sorts, as it, when equipped, allows them to dispatch magic-based users with ease, all the while sustaining naught any significant damage in return. Such a fact also applies to the battle against Julius, where it is possible to defeat him with the aid of the Tyrfing blade alone, rendering the Book of Naga's principal function nigh obsolete.

BackgroundEdit

The Tyrfing blade makes its first appearance in Chapter 5 of Genealogy of the Holy War, where it manifests as a Broken Sword in the inventory of Vylon, Sigurd's father. At this particular point in the game, Vylon, in spite of having been grievously wounded by the treacherous forces led by Langobalt and Slayder prior to the opening scenes of the chapter, tenaciously perseveres in expending every last ounce of his strength in seeing the blade safely delivered into the hands of his son. With Langobalt and Slayder's forces hot on his heels, Vylon's mission is not one that ends in vain, as he succeeds in reuniting with Sigurd. This reunion is one that is cruelly cut short, as Vylon abruptly succumbs to his injuries and expires, not, however, before entrusting the Tyrfing blade to his son, alongside revealing the shocking revelation that both Langobalt and Reptor had collaborated to assassinate Prince Kurth, and have deigned to impose the responsibility upon both himself and Sigurd.

With the Tyrfing blade in hand, Sigurd leads his forces in one final march against the Grannvallian forces with the intent of subduing their oppressive influence and restoring peace to the continent. As Sigurd's forces later enter the realm of Velthomer, they are deceived into believing that Arvis has always believed in Vylon and Sigurd's innocence, thence rendering the allegations made against them null and void. The veracious deceit of Arvis' plot is later revealed as Sigurd's forces ride into Belhalla on the pretext that a celebration has been prepared in their honour, whereupon they unwittingly fall into the yawning jaws of an elaborately-crafted trap. Sigurd is then personally executed by Arvis, who, upon discovering the Tyrfing blade in his possession, proceeds to sequestrate the blade.

For the next seventeen years following the Battle of Barhara, the Tyrfing blade remains resolutely in Arvis' possession, never once brandished by its rightful inheritor. This very fact essentially changes in Chapter 10 of the game, specifically when Arvis catches wind of the news that Seliph's army has succeeded in its conquest over the castles of Chronos and Rados, and is marching towards Chalphy, haste-post-haste. He then entrusts the Tyrfing blade, alongside the charge of several juvenile captives, into the care of a bishop formerly serving under Sigurd's banner, before urgently issuing him the command to lead the children to safety and confer ownership of the sword to Seliph. The bishop later succeeds in the execution of his mission, and upon bequeathing the Tyrfing blade to Seliph, urges him to waste no time in reclaiming Chalphy Castle.

Weapon StatsEdit

Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy WarEdit

Name Type Rank Uses Mt Hit Rng Wt Worth Effect(s)
Tyrfing Tyrfing FE4 Sword Sword FE4 Star Rank (Weapons)* 50 30 80% 1 7 50,000 Provides its wielder with bonuses of Skill +10, Speed +10 and Resistance +20; Confers upon him the Prayer skill as long as the blade is equipped.

* Holy Blood Requirement: Baldo Holy BloodBaldurMajor Holy Blood Indicator

Fire Emblem: AwakeningEdit

Name Type Rank Uses Mt Hit Crt Rng WEx Worth Effect(s)
Tyrfing FE13 Tyrfing SwordIconFE13 Sword A 25 15 100% 10% 1 ? 0 Provides a bonus of +5 Resistance to its wearer.

Item LocationsEdit

Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy WarEdit

Method Location
Events Generation 1: Ch. 5 - Ensure that Vylon reaches a tile adjacent to Sigurd.
Generation 2: Ch. 10 - Direct Seliph to converse with Palmark.

Fire Emblem: AwakeningEdit

Method Location
Treasure Xeno. 15 - Random from Chest.
SpotPass Bonus Item Available for download from the following dates onwards:
30th August 2012 JP
7th February 2013 NA
25th April 2013 EU

EtymologyEdit

Tyrfing (or Tirfing) is a magical sword that functions as the main subject of the poem "Hervararkvioa" from the Poetic Edda collection. Apart from this, the Tyrfing sword also surfaces as a pivotal instrument that fuels the events detailed within the Hervarar saga, where it is referred to as the "Tervingi" in Latin. Dating back to the 4th century, this saga details traditions of wars that were waged between the Goths and Huns, within which it is said that the Tyrfing blade was forged and cursed by the Dwarves Dvalinn and Durin, and thereafter bequeathed to king Svafrlami. Syafrlami's subsequent losing of the blade to the berserker Arngirm from Bolmsö essentially served as the catalyst to spurn the series of tragic events that were to follow, where the fell arcane energies contained within the blade ignited the flames of conflict that brought about the deaths of several key figures; namely, Angantyr the Berserker and Hlod Heidreksson. To this end, the trail of death that the Tyrfing blade of Norse yore leaves behind in its wake is one that essentially posits the naming of the blade in Genealogy of the Holy War as one that is apt, as it is the weapon of choice wielded by both Vylon and Sigurd before they breathed their last as a result of sustaining grievous injuries from the chaos of warfare.

TriviaEdit

  • It is interesting to note that the original design of the Tyrfing blade bears a strong resemblance to that of the Falchion blade.
  • Should the player fail to procure the Tyrfing blade with Sigurd in Generation 1, Seliph will thus be unable to obtain the blade in Generation 2. This is attributed to the fact that Seliph indirectly obtains the Tyrfing blade from Arvis, who in turn obtains it upon executing Sigurd personally; In this regard, if the blade does not exist in Sigurd's inventory when he is immolated, Arvis would thus be unable to acquire the blade and later confer it upon Seliph in Chapter 10.
  • According to a conversation that can be viewed when visiting a certain village during the events that occur during the second generation of Genealogy of the Holy War, it is asserted that the Tyrfing, Balmung, and Mystletainn are the strongest blades to have ever been forged.

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