Saturday, February 12, 2011


Swords are important icons in fantasy literature.  In many cases, a sword is the only thing the hero has to vanquish his enemies - human or inhuman.  Sometimes the value of the sword lies in the strength of its wielder, sometimes in the magic than imbues the blade.  Sometimes a sword is of such importance it actually is named, as anyone familiar with The Lord of the Rings trilogy can tell you.  Glamdring - Gandalf's sword - glows when orcs are near.  Narsil - reforged as Anduril - had symbolic importance in the defeat of Sauron and the rise of Gondor.

Here are some of my favorite named swords:
None of these swords is simply a strong piece of sharpened metal.  In each case they are virtually a character in their own right.