Sharur (mythological weapon)

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Sharur, which means "smasher of thousands" is the weapon and mythic symbol of the god Ninurta. Sumerian mythic sources describe it as an enchanted talking mace. It has been suggested as a possible precursor for similar objects in other mythology such as Arthurian lore.

Role and powers in mythology[edit]

Sharur plays a prominent role in an incident in which Ninurta is described as using it to defeat Asag, a monstrous demon; Sharur has the power to fly across vast distances without impediment and communicate with its wielder.

This myth receives its most complete treatment in the epic Lugal-e, which in English is rendered as "The Exploits of Ninurta (O Warrior King)".[1][2] According to this text, Sharur's role in the battle is not only as a weapon. It provides crucial intelligence to the hero, acting as an emissary between the god Enlil and Ninurta and relating to him the former's will, including a command to slay the architect Kur, a primeval serpent god venerated in Babylon, as well as a strategy to defeat Asag. Kur is associated with mountains and the primordial elements.[3]

Powers[edit]

Apart from its aforementioned ability to fly and communicate with its wielder, Sharur may also take the form of a winged lion, a common motif in Sumerian and Akkadian lore.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Black, J.A., G. Cunningham, E. Robson, G. Zolyomi (1998). The Exploits of Ninurta (or 'Ninurta Lugal-E'). Oxford. 
  2. ^ Black, J.A., G. Cunningham, E. Robson, G. Zolyomi (1998). Ninurta. Oxford. 
  3. ^ "Sharur". Article90.learningthroughstories.net. 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2012-07-07.