A rope is a length of fibers, twisted or braided together to improve strength for pulling and connecting. It has tensile strength but is too flexible to provide compressive strength (i.e., it can be used for pulling, not pushing). Rope is thicker and stronger than similarly constructed cord, line, string, or twine. Common materials for rope include natural fibers such as Manila hemp, hemp, linen, cotton, coir, jute, and sisal. Synthetic fibers in use for rope-making include nylon, polypropylene, polyethylene, such as Spectra, a high modulus polyethylene, aramid such as Kevlar, and polyester such as polyethylene terephthalate. Some ropes are constructed of mixtures of several fibers or use co-polymer fibers. Ropes can also be made out of metal fibers. Ropes have been constructed of other fibrous materials such as silk, wool, and hair, but such ropes are not generally available.
In Belegarth, rope is typically used to create the handle grip on weapons. The most common type of rope used for this purpose is synthetic nylon or polyethylene rope found at hardware or Home Depot-like stores.