Dissecting Dragons

Episode 263: The Blade Itself - the Genesis of the Sword in History, Mythology and Speculative Fiction

February 26, 2021

Any SFF reader will recognise a sword as an archetypal object with a myriad types of symbolism even before you get into it's designated uses. Swords with names, swords with magical powers, swords used to perform great and terrible deeds are rife in mythology all over the world. This week the dragons take a look at this elegant and deadly weapon, following a trail through history, various martial styles, folklore and finally into how blades have been used in speculative fiction. On the slab this week The Subtle Knife by Phillip Pullman, Star Wars, Excalibur, The Neverending Story by Michael Ende and many more.

 

Title music: Ecstasy by Smiling Cynic 

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