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Swords were the primary weapons in world of Narnia, used by all armies along with spears and bows and arrows.The most famous Narnian sword was Rhindon, wielded by Peter Pevensie when he ruled as High King Peter the Magnificent. The sword was a gift from Father Christmas, and Peter used to kill Maugrim the wolf at the Stone Table. He later used it in the First Battle of Beruna against the White Witch's Army.

Types of swords

Narnia

Rhindon

Peter's Sword, Rhindon

Narnian swords were often described as having straight blades,[1][2] similar to traditional European longswords. These swords came in a variety of sizes, made for humans, dwarfs,[3][4] and presumably for other Narnians as well. Other than their shape, little description is given of Narnian swords, but certain features were occasionally mentioned:
The hilt of Peter's sword, Rhindon, was made of gold.[5] In the Disney/Walden Media film of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the pommel of the sword is shaped like a golden lion's head, and the blade is elaborately engraved (see Rhindon for full details).
Telmarine swordsmithing was apparently far inferior to Narnian craftsmanship, as Caspian claimed that the dwarf-made sword he received from the Seven Brothers of Shuddering Wood made his own sword look like a toy.[6]
The dwarf-sized sword retrieved for Trumpkin from the Treasure Room of Cair Paravel also had gold on the hilt.[3]
Reepicheep-sword-art

Concept art for Reepicheep's rapier.

Another type of sword used in Narnia was the rapier. Due to their slender, sharply pointed blades, rapiers have traditionally been used for thrusting attacks. Reepicheep the mouse used a rapier as his primary weapon,[7] though it was not specified if the other talking mice used similar weapons.

In the Disney/Walden Media film of Prince Caspian, rapier-like swords were commonly used by Telmarine soldiers

Calormen

Scimitar

Typical scimitar.

Calormenes used a type of sword called a scimitar, which possessed a curved blade. Although not described in detail, the scimitar was apparently wielded in a very different way from a typical Narnian sword; when going undercover as Calormene soldiers, King Tirian had to teach Eustace Scrubb how to properly wield a scimitar, as much of his previous sword-fighting had been with a straight blade.[8]

In the Disney/Walden Media film of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, scimitars are seen in Narnia itself; the fauns in Aslan's army carry them, as do the Minotaurs and certain other creatures in Jadis's army.

Sword Cleaning

"You have forgotten to clean your sword. Hand it to me and kneel, Son of Adam. Rise up, Sir Peter Wolf's-Bane. And whatever happens never forget to wipe your sword."
Aslan[src]

Sword Cleaning was an important practice in Narnia. In addition to practical applications - namely removing blood from the blade so that it didn't rust or degrade - it was apparently considered "bad form" to put a sword away dirty.

The necessity of this ritual was first revealed following the Battle of Aslan's Camp: After slaying the wolf Maugrim, Peter did not wipe the blood off of his sword. Aslan pointed out to Peter that he had left his sword dirty, and instructed him to always clean it following a confrontation.[9]

Another instance occured far later during the Calormene Conquest. Tirian and Eustace fought two Calormene soldiers to liberate some dwarfs. The following morning, Tirian found out that Eustace had put his sword away still covered in blood, thus creating a mess. Eustace was reprimanded.[4]

Symbolic importance

In some cases, swords appear to have been symbols of royal authority as much as weapons:

  • When confronting Governor Gumpas for his neglect of duties and tribute to the crown of Narnia, King Caspian X displayed an unsheathed sword across his lap,[10] emphasizing the seriousness of the matter.
  • When King Tirian and Jewel attacked and killed two Calormene soldiers unprovoked, Tirian felt so guilty that he willingly surrendered and gave up his sword to their comrades,[11] symbolically surrendering his authority.
    • In a perversion of the authority imagery, Shift the ape later wore Tirian's sword around his neck and claimed to be a human (who, by Aslan's decree, is allowed to rule over the other creatures of Narnia).[11]
  • After Tirian passed through the Stable door, he saw the Seven Friends of Narnia as kings and queens, with the kings all carrying swords.[12]

In the Disney film of Prince Caspian, Peter bequeathed his sword Rhindon to Caspian before departing, a sign that Caspian had rightfully earned the mantle of kingship.

Users

The known people who use swords, but are not limited to, are:

Citations

  1. HHB IV
  2. LB VIII
  3. 3.0 3.1 PC VIII
  4. 4.0 4.1 LB VII
  5. LWW X
  6. PC VI
  7. PC VI
  8. LB VI
  9. LWW XII
  10. VDT IV
  11. 11.0 11.1 LB III
  12. LB XII

See Also

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