Sharur (mythological weapon)

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Sharur, which means "smasher of thousands" is the weapon and 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] 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.[2][failed verification]


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]


  1. ^ Black, J.A., G. Cunningham, E. Robson, G. Zolyomi (1998). "Ninurta's exploits: a cir-sud (?) to Ninurta". The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature. Oxford. (alternate copy)
  2. ^ "Sharur". 2011-10-06. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2012-07-07. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)