The beauty of the Orcrist. The Elven made sword held by Thorin Oakenshield. It was crafted by the Elves of Gondolin. Those that tasted the blade's edge called it 'Biter'. I have a love of Orcrist and Glamdring being twin blades.
Theoden: from the Old English peoden meaning lord or king, from the Old Norse pjodann meaning leader of the people. Have students compare and contrast Theoden and Denethor, two very different leaders. Or, compare Theoden before and after Wormtongue.