What would a fantasy movie or story be without a great sword? Well, it will probably be still interesting or a good story, but a great sword has the ability to make you feel inspired to pick up your own blade, and learn the art of fighting. Here is NerdiPop’s Top 5 Swords in Fantasy Media!
Buster Sword – Final Fantasy 7
Possibly one of the most iconic weapons in all video games, the Buster sword appeared in Final Fantasy 7 and was wielded by the character Cloud Strife. The Buster Sword is a massive weapon, truly larger than a great sword. Its height is set at about 5 or 6 feet long (1.5 to 1.8 meters) with a single edge. If this was a real sword, it would be very difficult to wield but is still one of the most iconic designs out there.
Sting – The Hobbit
Sting is technically not a sword and more a dagger or knife, but when wielded by a Halfling or Hobbit, it is indeed a sword to be reckoned with. Found by Bilbo Baggins in the Hobbit and eventually wielded by Frodo in the Lord of the Rings, Sting glows in the presence of Orcs or Goblins, making it quite a useful weapon to use. The name Sting comes from when Bilbo fought the giant spiders in the Mirkwood. The spiders referred to his blade as his Sting.
Ice – A Game of Thrones
From George R.R. Martin’s seminal work a song of Ice and Fire comes one of the most iconic swords from a Game of Thrones – Ice the Valyrian steel great sword. Ice is a great sword that belongs to the Starks of Winterfell. We could go further into what happened to the great sword Ice, but that would be spoiling the story of a Song of Ice and Fire.
Andúril – Lord of the Rings
Few swords in the world of fantasy have a living presence to them. Andúril is one of these swords. Broken in the fight against the dark Lord Sauron, the blade of Narsil would later be reforged by the Elven smiths of Rivendell into Andúril, the flame of the west. There are some key changes from the book to the movies, but Andúril is still one of the most badass swords in the world of fantasy.
The Atlantean Sword – Conan
The Atlantean Sword just screams classic fantasy sword. Conan finds the sword in a underground cave or burial site, with a lone skeleton sitting on a throne with the sword on his right hand side. As Conan takes the sword the skeleton moves slightly as if challenging Conan for taking his sword from him. It is said that the skeleton on the throne is actually King Kull of Atlantis, another character from Robert E. Howard.