"Now that the Spear is whole, it will try to lure each of us to use it. It will draw on our weaknesses, our desires, our regrets. It will promise each of us that we can re-make the world just as we want it."
"What's wrong with that? [...] What? Come on, you're all thinking it."
Rip Hunter and Mick Rory
"Fellowship of the Spear" is the fifteenth episode of the second season of DC's Legends of Tomorrow, and the thirty-first episode overall. It aired on March 21, 2017.


The Legends must devise a plan to retrieve the last remaining fragments of the Spear of Destiny from the Legion of Doom. They find themselves in France at the height of World War I faced with the knowledge that they must destroy the mystical object. They enlist the help of a soldier by the name of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien and find that the Spear is leading them into the heart of the war. Meanwhile, the team must all resist the temptation of the Spear, and the return of a former teammate.[src]


Preparation ran from January 11 until January 19, 2017. Shooting ran from January 20 until January 31, 2017.[1]



  • There are several references to The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien and its various adaptations in this episode.
    • The title is a reference to the story, the first volume of which is titled The Fellowship of the Ring.
    • J.R.R. Tolkien appears, future author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, a fact which is mentioned.
    • Tolkien's superior officer screams at him with the words "On your feet, you fool of a Tolkien!" referencing the line "fool of a Took" from The Lord of the Rings.
    • Nate's amusement at Tolkien enjoying long stories is a reference to The Lord of the Rings, which in real life was initially written as one story, but Tolkien's publishers believed it to be too long, so they had him split it into three parts to be published.
    • When Rip explains the team's mission to J.R.R. Tolkien, he describes it as a journey to destroy an object that would give its bearer unimaginable power. This is most likely a reference to the Fellowship of the Ring, and their journey to Mordor to destroy the One Ring, which like the Spear, can grant extraordinary power, and is dangerous in the wrong hands.
      • Nate refers to the team as a "fellowship", referencing the Fellowship of the Ring from The Lord of the Rings.
    • When requesting a ceasefire, Rip closely quotes a speech given by Aragorn to his men in the film adaptation of Tolkien's The Return of the King.
    • While discussing their plans, Martin says, "One cannot simply walk into the middle of a war zone", a reference to Boromir's infamous "One does not simply walk into Mordor" quote from The Fellowship of the Ring film adaptation. 
    • When talking about the Spear with Nate, Tolkien describes the appearance of the inscription on it as "a secret only fire can tell", a reference to how the One Ring would glow with the Black Speech when heated.
      • The fact the message Natum De Sangine Perditas A Sangine appeared on the spear when it was exposed to the Heat Gun's flame may be a reference to the Elvish script that appears upon the One Ring when it's made hot.
        • Similarly, the fact that this Latin phrase's translation means Born of Blood, Undone by Blood (meaning that Christ's blood gave the spear its power, and is also the only thing that can destroy the spear) may be a reference to the fact that, just as the One Ring was forged in Mount Doom, Mount Doom's fires are the only thing capable of destroying the One Ring. 
          • However, as the legend of the Spear is (are) ancient (and was likely well known to Tolkien, who was linguist and a scholar of myth; not for nothing does his trilogy have parallels both with Wagner's RIng cycle and the Norse Eddas, for instance, while Wagner's Parsifal - a quest for the selfsame Spear - would likely be well known to Tolkien for the same reasons) - in any case, it's unlikely that the legends of the Spear in this episode are influenced by Tolkien, but perhaps it's the other way around. 
  • Sara refers to Nate, Mick, Ray and Rip as the "Backstreet Boys".
  • After using a terrible Cockney accent, Nate mentions having played Bert in his school's production of Mary Poppins.
  • The name "Bittersteel" refers to the character of "Aegor Rivers", from the HBO show "Game of Thrones".
    • Additionally, "Game of Thrones" seems to exist in the Arrowverse. It is mentioned in Supergirl in multiple episodes.
  • The way that Nate deflects Damien's men's bullets is similar to the way Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets.


  • The German soldiers in World War I are wearing Wehrmacht uniforms, when they should have been wearing uniforms belonging to the Imperial German Army.


  1. Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) - Twitter

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