Professor Tolkien's area of expertise was English Literature and Philology, not Metallurgy, but we shouldn't hold that against him. The elves can work wonders if the can talk the Dwarves into doing the forging after they remove the hilt and guard, and then melt the blade shards into a new billet. After forging the new blade they must temper it to just the right temperature and then quench it so that it isn't too brittle or too soft. Had it been a Japanese sword, it couldn't have worked, for there two different grades of metal one hard and one softer, one to hold the edge and one to take the stress, are forge folded into many layers; and in the melting of one of those down you, would have ended up with a billet of mediocre sword material.But in the book, they did it inside of a week, and I doubt that they did it by sticking the pieces together.
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