it's snakes on both the blades of westernesse. Probably a quote from the books I took too literally. It says: "They were long, leaf-shaped daggers damasked with serpents in red and gold, and they had black sheaths of light metal set with fiery stones." I took the serpents as actual serpents. It was probably a damask pattern which looks something like this: [link] People usually interpret snakes as a Haradrim symbol, the western guys seem to have used it as well. Other than these swords I can remember the ring of Barahir with the golden serpents eating their own tails or something..
Are you sure? Mabe Tolkien meant that they were on the hilt and not the actual blade itself. He also could have meant dragons which he often did refer to as serpents. Also I think the Haradrim banner was a scorpian. I do like the way you drew them though. Is Sting the one on the bottom?
no, no. Sting was not a sword of westernesse, it was forged in Gondolin. It says they were damasked with serpents of red and gold. If you don't know what damask is, google it it's a pattern welding technique used for blade decoration (it has practical feats as well). He might've meant dragons, yeah. Haradrim banner was a black serpent on a red field, that we know for sure.
Barahir got this ring from Finrod Felagund. (Old, good Silmarillion... ) Snakes suit there very well, in my opinion. Snake is generally associated with evil so no wonder that people find this symbol to be more proper for Haradrims. Yet, in Tolkien's books it's positive - the best example Felagund's Ring