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Movie Swords

 

The movies have a long and illustrious relationship with swords. The two things go very well together. Movies have long focused on the hero and his weapons. And being a visual medium the artisans of movies have created some astonishingly beautiful swords. Often times the sword makers are given some free reign to create something that was only previously described in a book or novel and our first sword is just this. It is the sword of Conan the Barbarian. The name of his sword is "The Atlantean". It, and its wielder Conan were created by Robert E. Howard.

The Conan Sword (1982 Movie)

The Riddle of Steel - "Crom is strong! If I die, I have to go before him, and he will ask me, 'What is the riddle of steel?' If I don't know it, he will cast me out of Valhalla and laugh at me." ~Conan the Barbarian

 

 

An interesting observation about the sword. It is very similar to a flamberge which was a two-handed sword from the middle ages and the unique thing about the flamberge was the wielder could hold it in the normal way and swing it with both hands much like it was

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a baseball bat. But the Flamberge had a special section above the crosspiece which was wrapped in leather. This allowed the wielder to choke up on it and swing it in tighter circles. The Atlantean has this same kind of structure. You can see in the picture from the movie above that conan's left hand is on the choked up section. The atlantean didn't have a leather wrapping here it was metal.

Medieval Sword of Conan the Barbarian Father w/ Plaque

Condition: Brand New Conan has been many things over the years, since his creation in 1930, including a thief, outlaw, mercenary and even a King. Orginally from the Cimmerian peoples, whose ancestory can ber traced back to Atlantis, Conan exists in the myhtical Hyborian age. He was born on the battle field and is the son of a black smith. At the age 15 he was already a respected warrior and soon followed his hearts lust for wandering finding almost 8 decades of adventure. His travels carrying him from the novels of Weird Tales, to comic books and film. This is the sword of Conan's father, a master black smith. Although, Conan has had many swords this was the sword that began it all. The sword is very well made with extreme details, down to the grain of antlers and texture of the Elk Skull. This is an essential piece to add to any fantasy collection. The sword includes as black end cap and Wooden Wall Mount Plaque. Attributes of the Weapon: Blade: The blade of the sword is 440 stainless steel with a ridge down the center of the sword. Imprinted into the ridge of the blade are the words "Suffer No Guilt Yee Who Wield This In the Name of Crom." The blade comes unsharpened with a sharp point. Guard: The guard is a bronzed Elk skull with the antlers making up the arms of the cross guard. The Elk skull is highly detailed down to the texture of the antlers and hollow of the eyes. Handle: The handle of the sword is solid steel wrapped with a brown cord. The pommel of the sword is bronzed solid metal alloy with complex patterning. The very end of the pommel is made in the likeness of an Elk hoof. Plaque: Easily Wall Mounted. The plaque is dark stained wood with wall mount screws.

When did the sword first appear?

Conan first appeared in the Magazine "Weird Tales" in 1932 in a story called "The Phoenix on the Sword". And the sword made its first movie appearance in the movie Conan the Barbarian in 1982 with Arnold Schwarzenegger playing Conan.

Highlander the movie

Highlander The Movie (1986)

Born in the Highlands of Scotland in 1518, Connor Macleod is immortal. When he is wounded in battle but does not die, he is banished from his village. He meets another like himself, Ramirez, who teaches him swordsmanship--the only way to kill another immortal is to take his head--and the ways of the immortals. Modern-day New York is the location of "The Gathering," where Connor and the few remaining immortals must battle to the last for "The Prize."

The highlander sword changed over the course of the movies and this is a replica of the sword used in the first movie. It has the traditional look of medieval scottish swords. As the movies evolved so did the swords. The main character in the movies of course updates to more modern weapons as he moves forward in time. His ultimate weapon is a highly stylized katana. This is a replica of the set he uses in Highlander 3.

highlander katana

 

4 Pcs Highlander 3 Duncan Samurai Katana Sword Set Bk and Free Knife

 

 

braveheart

Braveheart (1995)

This is one of the best movies ever made and it showcases a lot of different weapons through a lot of different battle scenes. The most famous weapon is the big two handed flamberge that Mel Gibson wields. you can see it in the movie cover pic on the left

One of the unique features of this weapon was the extra sheathing above the crosspiece (it covered part of the blade) This served an important purpose. When the wielder had lots of room he swung the weapon two handed like a baseball bat. But when the combat got in close and there wasn't room to swing it he could place a hand on the choked up leather section and wield it in a more controlled fashion.

 

BladeBlade (1998 - 2004)

This is a trilogy of movies with Wesley Snipes as a vampire hunter. His weapon is very stylish and is modeled after the katana. It has the added booby trap of having blades that will sever a user's hand if a safety button is not depressed. This insures only Blade can wield it.

 

 

gladiator

Gladiator (2000) This movie is a strong pre-cursor to the now popular 300 movie. The roman era had its own unique style of weapons and here is a look at the sword of Maximus (Russell Crowe)

 

 

lord of the rings

Lord of the Rings (2001-2003)

There are of course many swords and other weapons in the Lord of the Rings movies. And these movies have done much to forward the hobby of collecting swords. But of all the weapons in the movie one rises above them all. It is the small sword of Frodo Baggins which was given to him by Bilbo Baggins. The sword is of course "Sting" and it glows when an Orc is near. This sword has magical powers. If you want to learn about some of the other swords in the Lord of the Rings movies I have put together a whole section devoted to these weapons. You can learn the names of the weapons and who wielded them. Lord of the Rings Swords

 

 

EragonEragon (2006)

This movie has quite a few unique weapons in it including the main sword Zar'roc which Eragon wields. It has a blue sapphire mounted at the end of the handle and this symbolizes the blue egg and the dragon.

 

 

 

 

300300 (2007)

A blockbuster movie that has done a lot for the art and craft of the Roman era as seen by the modern movie goer. There were several famous weapons used in the movie and none more famous than the Gladius - a standard sidearm of the Roman soldier and used only as last resort when the battle got in real close. The lack of a crosspiece showed the limitations of metal working from this period of history. It wasn't until centuries later that the sword changed dramatically as metal working and blacksmithing technologies improved.

 

 

 

 



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