I’ve been wanting to do this post for quite a while; the list has been sitting in my notes for several months now. Oddly enough it came from a blogger I used to follow until they revealed in a post like this that they were not a fan of Final Fantasy (though they did have the Buster Sword from there…and some derisive comments grrr. Well to each their own), and as they’d gotten the idea from yet another blog post, I don’t feel too bad doing my own especially since the five swords will be different. They are presented in countdown order so #1 is my favorite fictional sword (three guesses what it is and what fandom it’s from. If you’ve been following this blog for, oh, ten seconds, it should pretty plain to see).
I’m a fan of fantastic swords. My paranormal romance novel The Serpent’s Tale features one with its name actually hidden in the title. The sword, the Serpent’s Tail, is holy in nature and wielded by a dark angel/assassin. All of the swords on the below list (save #2 since I wrote the story before I knew major details about that weapon) were great inspirations for this magical and slightly sentient weapon.
“We write by the light of every story we have ever read.”
I hope you enjoy the list and please feel free to comment what your favorite picks would be. Also feel free to tag me if you do your own Top 5 (or Top 10 or Top 17. I don’t judge) post as I’d love to see that, too!
Sword Type: Long Sword
Origin: Welsh Legend
Story: The Chronicles of Prydain
Wielder:Rhydderch Hael (Welsh Legend), Taran (The Chronicles of Prydain), Gwydion (The Chronicles of Prydain), Princess Eilonwy (borne but not wielded) (The Chronicles of Prydain
Dyrnwyn is one of the Thirteen Treasures of the Island of Britain and is also was one of the first magical swords I came across. I read The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander when I was quite young, and the idea of the sentient sword was still fresh and new in my adolescent head. I absolutely loved the idea of a weapon that could tell what lay in your heart of hearts and would treat you accordingly. It seemed a far finer system of justice than any concocted by humanity.
In the Chronicles Dyrnwyn is found by the Princess Eilonwy in the barrows of Spiral Castle when she, Taran, and the rest were escaping. She took it due it being “the best sword” there, though at the time, she could not know how “best” it was. Attempting to draw it seemed futile though the companions were able to discern there was an inscription upon the blade, and part of it had been scratched out.
It’s not until the short story The Sword from The Foundling and Other Tales of Prydain that Drynwyn’s origin is discovered. The sword was originally owned by King Rhitta whose own greed and avarice caused the weapon to kill its owner for written upon the blade are the words:
“Draw Dyrnwyn, only those of noble worth [sometimes mistranslated as “royal blood”], to rule with justice, to strike down evil. Who wields it in good cause shall slay even the lord of death.”
There is such a dearth of justice in our world, and having a sword that would judge a king as equally as a cobbler is something very appealing indeed. Dyrnwyn does indeed slay the lord of death, but that’s a tale you’ll have to read yourself.