Military Swords Of Fantasy
by Doug Smith
Military swords of the modern Armed Forces symbolize power, strength, duty, and honor. There is also a historical aspect to military swords. The sword in medieval times was often the primary weapon of the soldier.
As weapon technology advanced, especially with the widespread use of gunpowder, swords became more ceremonial in nature. Today, the military sword as a weapon survives as the bayonet. Full-size military swords today are not used in combat and are symbolic instead.
Military Swords In Print
Military swords play a larger role in fantasy literature. This literature is frequently set in a medieval milieu, bringing the military sword once again into prominence as a primary weapon. These swords often have special abilities or confer special powers on their bearers. Some of these swords are special enough to have their own names.
Two of the many military swords of fantasy are discussed in the following paragraphs.
Sword Of The Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy "The Lord Of The Rings" abounds with military swords. Many of these were forged with magic for use against evil foes. Sting, the short sword wielded by Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, may be the most well-known. However, the true military sword of the trilogy was born by Aragorn.
Aragorn was the heir to the thrones of both Gondor and Arnor (much of Middle Earth), yet was virtually unknown to the population. However, the story of the military sword that long ago cut the One Ring from Sauron's hand was legendary throughout Middle Earth.
The sword Narsil shattered upon making that fateful cut. Aragorn inherited and carried his broken, ancestral military sword. Narsil was later reforged and renamed as Anduril during "The Return Of The King." It is this military sword that was Aragorn's primary means of identification, and the key to his claim to the thrones of Middle Earth.
The original "Star Wars" by George Lucas spawned multiple movies and novels. Although the original movie appeared to be pure science fiction, it was actually a classic fairy tale set in a science fiction setting.
The fairy tale elements include a Princess (Leia), a Good Wizard (Obi-Wan Kenobi), an Evil Wizard (Darth Vader), Knights of the Realm (the Jedi), a young Squire (Luke Skywalker), and a magic sword (the lightsaber).
The lightsaber was the military sword preferred by the Jedi Knights. It differs from other military swords because the sword had an energy blade rather than a metal one. This unique military sword could cut through almost anything. Additionally, it could be deactivated for convenience, leaving only the hilt. In the hands of a skilled master, this military sword was a fearsome weapon.
The Cutting Edge
Military swords are popular in both the real world and in the pages of fantasy. Recent Armed Forces recruiting commercials feature a soldier in dress uniform brandishing a highly polished sword. The image is extremely impressive.
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