In The Hobbit, what name does Bilbo give his sword and why?
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Bilbo names his sword "Sting", after he uses it to kill the giant spider. He does this by himself in Mirkwood, and in doing so frees himself and his friends from the spider. This leaves him feeling much more sure of himself and his abilities. Sting is really a large dagger, rather than a sword, but as Hobbits are small it makes an effective sword for him. When he returns to the Shire, Sting hangs over Bilbo's mantelpiece, until Bilbo gives Sting to Frodo to assist him in destroying the One Ring.
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