You don't have to look too far to see that fans have been craving another large-scale fantasy epic of magical proportions since the conclusion of HBO's adaptation of George R. R. Martin's, A Game of Thrones. And this time, it's Amazon that's stepping up to the plate with their upcoming adaptation of Robert Jordan's timeless epic fantasy, The Wheel of Time series.
Weapons are often iconic in literature, creating a bond between the hero and the object in question, crafting a relationship that often feels as real as those between actual people. In the wrong hands, a weapon can be horrifying, a destructive tool that is used for evil. But in the right hands, a sword becomes a tool to defend and inspires hope in its user even in the darkest chapters. Most literary weapons are swords, for good reason but there are also some out there that break the mould. Here are five of the best!
5. The Subtle Knife-His Dark Materials
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A powerful weapon in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, this knife has the power to carve through the fabrics of worlds, creating pathways into different realms. Stolen by the series’ main characters, Lyra and Will in the second book of the trilogy (named after the knife itself), who use it to travel between worlds for a long time before the knife breaks. Luckily, it is later reforged. The knife is extremely cool because it looks so mundane yet is extremely powerful, literally slicing through reality to carve paths across the multiverse. This is one cool little dagger, that’s for sure.
4. Stormbringer- Moorcock’s Multiverse
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A magic sword featured in numerous fantasy tales by Michael Moorcock, Stormbringer is a demon forged into the form of a sword that corrupts its wielder, drinks souls, and can cut through anything. Wielded by the brooding anti-hero Elric of Melnibone, he loathes Stormbringer but is forced to rely on it, as without its magic he is helpless. However, Stormbringer shares no love for Elric either and constantly tries to corrupt him, hungering for blood and souls. The relationship between man and sword is at the heart of the numerous tales, with Elric constantly battling the demon’s desires while conquering other threats.
3. Sandalwood guns- The Dark Tower
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In The Dark Tower, Stephen KIng uses a mishmash of fantasy tropes to bring together a more unique vision and this is reflected in the chosen weapons of protagonist Roland Deschain. He is a gunslinger of the strange world he inhabits and wields a pair of sandalwood six shooters that have been passed down through the generations before he claimed them as a young man. It is revealed later that the guns were forged from the steel of Excalibur, explaining their significance. The guns are Roland’s weapons throughout the series, constantly showcasing his prowess with them as he is an excellent shot, always ready for this lone wanderer to draw at a moment’s notice.
2. Callandor- The Wheel of Time
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An artefact so powerful that an entire fortress was constructed to protect it, Callandor is a crystal sword that may look fragile but has immense power behind it. Claimed and wielded by Rand al’Thor, the protagonist of The Wheel of Time. It augments his own Power, allowing him to tap into reserves of strength and force that go beyond mortal men. Too much power can be lethal but Callandor also allows for infinite possibilities, allowing its user to do almost anything he wishes. But the evil force of the Dark One is behind the sword and the more Rand al’Thor taps into it, the more he risks corruption, creating a necessary roadblock to prevent him from abusing Callandor’s power.
1. Anduril- The Lord of the Rings
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Formerly Narsil, the sword that stopped Sauron at the end of the Second Age, Anduril was reforged from Narsil’s shards into its current form. Given to Aragorn, the blade is enchanted to never be stained or broken, even in defeat. Aragorn wielded the sword throughout the remainder of the war against the forces of Sauron, using it as proof of his heritage throughout places like Rohan and slaying many Orcs with it. Its name means the Flame of the West and its one badass blade wielded by one badass hero.
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Robert Jordan’s long-running high fantasy epic, The Wheel of Time, is finally getting it’s long-awaited screen adaptation, which will be produced by Sony Pictures Televison and Amazon Studios. The series takes place in a world where magic is present, but can only be performed by women.
The series has taken a long winding road to this adaptation; the first book was published in 1990, and first optioned for a series in 2000 by NBC, which led to a dead end. Then, in 2004, Red Eagle bought the film, TV, video game, and comic rights to The Wheel of Time, and proceeded to air a pilot for the series which allowed it to hold onto the rights. The rights dispute was solved in 2016, making way for Amazon Studios to take over the adaptation.
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Robert Jordan, the author of The Wheel of Time, unfortunately passed away before the series was completed. He left extensive notes to allow for another author to take over and conclude the series. Brandon Sanderson, author of the novels in the Cosmere universe, (Elantris, Mistborn, Warbreaker, The Stormlight Archive, and White Sand) finished the final three volumes. Jordan’s widow, Harriet McDougal, will be a consulting producer for the show.
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Synopsis of The Wheel of Time:
The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
When The Two Rivers is attacked by Trollocs―a savage tribe of half-men, half-beasts― five villagers flee that night into a world they barely imagined, with new dangers waiting in the shadows and in the light.
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