Top 15 Legendary & Fictional Swords

8. Vorpal Sword

Vorpal Sword
The Vorpal sword is the only sword in the literature that can go “snicker-snack”. It appears in what is said to be one of the greatest ‘nonsense poems’ in English: “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking Glass. It is the story of a young boy slaying a monster known as ‘Jabberwock’ using the Vorpal sword. Lewis Carroll published Through the Looking-Glass in 1871. Near the beginning, Alice discovers and reads “Jabberwocky”. The word “vorpal” appears twice in the poem, which describes a young boy’s quest to slay a monster. Here is the Poem (Link).

As with much of the rest of the poem’s vocabulary, the reader is left to guess at the meaning of “vorpal” from the context. It is commonly assumed to mean “deadly” or “sharp” words often used to describe swords, but some readers have imagined other properties the word could describe. Alexander L. Taylor points out in his Carroll biography The White Knight that “vorpal” can be formed by taking letters alternately from “verbal” and “gospel”.There are many speculations as to what “Vorpal” means. Lewis Carroll, however, confessed, “I am afraid I can’t explain ‘vorpal blade’ for you – nor yet ‘tulgey wood.” Vorpal sword has recently been featured in several role-playing video-games.


9. Shamshir-e-Zomorrodnegar

Shamshir-e Zomorrodnegar “The emerald-studded sword” is a sword in the Persian legend Amir Arsalan. The witch mother of a hideous horned demon called Fulad-zereh used a charm to make Fulad-zereh’s body invulnerable to all weapons except the blows of a specific sword called Shamshir-e Zomorrodnegar.

This blade originally belonged to King Solomon, and was carefully guarded by Fulad-zereh, not only because it was a valuable weapon, and indeed the only weapon that could harm the demon, but also because wearing it was a charm against magic. A wound inflicted by this sword could only be treated by a special potion made from a number of ingredients, including Fulad-zereh’s brains.


10. Lightsaber

A lightsaber a popular weapon, was introduced in sci-fi series Star Wars  and the franchise’s Expanded Universe. The lightsaber consists of a polished metal hilt which projects a blade of energy (plasma) about one meter long. The lightsaber is the signature weapon of the Jedi order and their Sith counterparts, both of whom can use them for offence, or to deflect blaster bolts. Its distinct appearance was created using rotoscoping for the original trilogy, and digitally for the prequel trilogy. The lightsaber first appeared in the original Star Wars film (1977) and every Star Wars movie to date features at least one lightsaber duel. In 2008, a survey of approximately two thousand film fans found it to be the most popular film weapon.

The lightsaber’s blade cuts through most substances without resistance. It leaves cauterized wounds in flesh, but can be deflected by another lightsaber’s blade, or an energy shield or wall. Some vibroswords and shields made with cortosis are also able to deflect them as seen first in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and later on in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, and The Force Unleashed. An active lightsaber gives off a distinctive hum, which rises in pitch and volume as the blade is moved rapidly through the air. Bringing the blade into contact with an object or another lightsaber’s blade produces a loud crackle. Here’s how a lightsaber works. (Link).


11. Glory of Ten Powers

Glory of Ten Powers
The Glory of Ten powers is a legendary Chinese sword, said to be created in Tibet by husband and wife magicians of the ancient Bön tradition. The love of the couple when creating the magical sword caused a great spirit to enter the weapon. The sword gained the power to protect the wearer using its magical powers. The sword is said to have been eventually captured and burned by the family’s enemies and the sword made into a magic talisman. Said in the 1930s work of Tang Hao to be possessed by Hua Tuo, the famous Chinese physician who lived during the Three Kingdoms era. Chinese literature is littered with references to this amulet just as English works often mention Excalibur.


12. Gram Sword

Gram Sword
In Norse Mythology , the god Odin plunged a sword into the tree Barnstokkr in the hall of the Völsungs during a wedding and declared that he who could take it out would receive it as a gift. Only Sigmund was able to do so. Later, during a battle, Sigmund fights an old man, who is actually Odin in disguise; Odin shatters the sword and Sigmund is killed by others. As he lies dying, he tells his wife that his son would one day make a great sword from the fragments. The prophecy was fulfilled as his son Sigurd reforged the sword. Handle, guard and pommel were plated in silver and highlighted with 24-karat gold details. The sword’s stainless steel blade was massive and jagged edged and Sigurd killed the dragon Fafnir with it. In the Nibelungenlied, Siegfried’s sword is called Balmung ; in Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle, it is called Nothung .


13. Sword of Omens

Sword of Omens
Children growing up in the 90s would be well-familiar with the cry: “Thunder… Thunder… Thunder… Thundercats! HOOOOOOO!” Yes, it’s the shout of Lion-O from the Thundercats cartoon series to summon the Thundercats using his Sword of Omens. The sword contains the mystic Eye of Thundera in its hilt, the source of Thundercats’ power. It is normally in the form of a dagger resting within Lion-O’s claw-shield, but it grows into a full-fledged sword when Lion-O swings it around and utters the Thundercat signal. The sword can also grant Lion-O the second-sight to see where danger awaits him.


14. Durendal

Durendal or Durandal is the sword of Charlemagne’s paladin Roland in the literary cycle known as the Matter of France. According to Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso it once belonged to Hector of Troy, and was given to Roland by Malagigi (Maugris). The name probably comes from the French verb “durer”, “to endure”.

In The Song of Roland, the sword is said to contain within its golden hilt one tooth of Saint Peter, blood of Saint Basil, hair of Saint Denis, and a piece of the raiment of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the poem, Count Roland attempts to destroy the sword to prevent it from being captured by the ambushing Saracens and creates La Brèche de Roland in the Pyrenees in the process. But Durendal proves indestructible, so he hides it beneath his body along with the oliphant, the horn used to alert Charlemagne. Local folklore claims Durendal still exists, preserved in Rocamadour, France. An inscription on Ogier the Dane’s sword Curtana read My name is Cortana, of the same steel and temper as Joyeuse and Durendal.


15. William Wallace’s Sword

Though there are different sides to every story, there is one underlying truth about the tales of the Scottish hero William Wallace. He was a man of big deeds who used a big sword. Our 13th century two handed great sword is likely a sword that the fearsome hero would’ve been eager to use. With its 40-inch blade balanced by a solid steel cross guard and heavy steel pommel, this sword has tremendous potential in the hands of a skilled swordsman. The leather wrapped ricasso allows one to choke up on the blade to offer better balance when fighting in close quarters while both guard and pommel offer them selves as stout striking points in time of need.

50 thoughts on “Top 15 Legendary & Fictional Swords

  1. New Moon, the sword of Cutter in “Elfquest”, should have been part of that collection…..

  2. I wonder why the Hattori Hanzo Sword didn’t make it into the list.

    Other than that: .. impressive


  3. If the Sword of Omens is in this list, then where are the Power Sword (He-Man) and Sword of Protection (She-Ra)??

  4. I can think of two more – the Tetsaiga from the excellent anime Inuyasha and The Sword that kills Gods from the current comic book series the Sword.

  5. Zulfiqar is the only well deserved one and the one that there is proof of existence
    the cartoonish ones should not be included

  6. Many of these swords are not legendary, like the Sword of Omens or the Light Saber, they should go on a list of top 15 fictional swords instead.

  7. Joel is right! The Sword of Truth, and also the sword Brisingr of the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. There really should be a list of top Legendary Swords, then Top Fictional swords….That would be easier to discern and distinguish… I’ve never even heard of some of those swords, or their wielders to be honest.

  8. zulfikar is real great and trusted sword..and also 1 another is “sword of tipu sultan”..i listen this sword’s weight is 20 kg.whn tipusultan die no body come to near his body coz he is too danger.real tiger

  9. Where is Sephiroth’s Masamune? You cannot have a legendary sword list without the Uber Weapon Masamune!

  10. SURE, The Religion of Peace(TM) adherent would hawk his fundie goals. Pics, or it didn’t happen applies here too, you know. Take your fatwa elsewhere

  11. I cannot believe you left out Hrunting, Beowulf’s sword.
    Yet you include the sword from Thundercats, and some reader want to include some sword from Zelda.

  12. Hattori Hanzo’s sword IS there, incorrectly listed as Glory of Ten Powers or something…a katana is a Japanese weapon…NOT Chinese.

  13. Although less impressive as the Master Sword (for its properties of repeling Gannondorf’s evil) it is one i prefere over the Master Sword anyday … The Master Sword even making it in this list made me lol for a while…. +1 vote for Cloud’s Buster Sword ^_^

  14. Yes, a lot of these swords are fictional. It will never cease to amaze me how many people can’t read the title of an article.

  15. Blades I’d have picked
    Stormbringer… a very nasty soul-stealing blade.
    Cryknives from the Dune novels.
    Sting, Bilbo’s (and later Frodo’s) trusty Elven dagger.

  16. i agree with u it is a real sword used by a real hero and should be respected for the sword is only one of a kind and it is real

  17. What about cloud’s sword at advent children? the one that divides into many? xD

  18. i read somewhere about a rune sword ‘caustically and irrevocably associated with the ages past and present but never future’. Does that help?

  19. why isnt Zantetsuken on this list. its like the most famous blade in history. it was weilded by Odin

  20. i really think the buster sword or at least revovler should be in this list and ultima weapon would be perfect too


    FICTION: Stormbringer (Elric), Mournblade (Elric), Sting (LOTR), Green Destiny (CTHD), Sword of Gryffindor, The Atlantean Sword (Conan), The Sword of Shannara, New Moon (Elfquest)

    HISTORICAL: Tizona (El Cid), Colada (El Cid), Hauteclaire (Oliver), Crocea Mors (Julius Caesar), Sword of Attila, Sword of Alexander (Gordian Knot), Sword of Joan of Arc,

    MYTH: Clarent (The sword in the stone), Arondight (Lancelot), The Grail Sword (Percival), The Singing Sword of Conaire Mor, Joyeuse (Charlemagne), Fragarach, Laevateinn, The sword of Peleus, Shamshir-e Zomorrodnegar (Solomon), Sword of Damocles,

  22. I think the legendary sword of Kith-Kanan should have been in this. Many people have not read the Dragonlance series,but it is a very famous sword.

  23. Wow. super nice collections and descriptions of swords.. i had fun reading it.. i love the glory of ten sword. whew.! thanks.

  24. I have missed the “Sword of Mars”
    It was a sword send by the God of war (Mars) to Aid Attila the Hun. He was one of the greatest Warlords in Europe and the leader of the Hunnic empire.

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