Terry Pratchett makes his own magic sword with meteoric iron


31 Responses to “Terry Pratchett makes his own magic sword with meteoric iron”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Reply to elagie

    This is from (quite) a few years ago, but I used to be involved in medieval re-enactment here in the UK and the general rules were once on-site/camp then walking round in full weaponry was fine, but NO weapons were to be worn at all if leaving the site.

  2. Keith says:

    I love that he not only made a magic sword, but hid it away as well. One can only hope it was hidden in a crystal festooned cave, buried half way in the living rock with an arcane inscription (possibly in runes, but some made up language would work too) inscribed on the nearby wall.

    • jamiethehutt says:

      an arcane inscription (possibly in runes, but some made up language would work too) inscribed on the nearby wall.

      Like “Minde ye hed”? – this is Pratchett after all :-P

  3. Anonymous says:

    Kim Newman, author of Anno Dracula and the like, was once arrested for carrying a sword cane.

    • Anony Mouse says:

      The rationale for banning sword-sticks probably has something to do with, you know, disguising a deadly weapon as something innocuous.

      And in fact, though I am firmly against the banning of swords and sword-related activities, it is not hard to see the difficult position that this creates for lawmakers. On the one hand, there are traditions relating to weapons and their use ceremonially and culturally has to be acknowledged. Further, liberal governments should seek to reduce the limitations of choice they impose upon their citizens or subjects. However, it is unavoidable that carrying a sword is essentially going about prepared and equipped to commit acts of deadly violence against others; in fact it is from this that much of the ceremonial function has arisen. Even owning a sword is an admission that objects designed to kill people are pretty cool sometimes. So it’s easy to bleat ‘nanny state, wah, wah’ but it is also important to recognise that the impulse to posess a sword which the government is allegedly so cruelly thwarting is essentially one’s inner 8-year-old taking control, and as such perhaps a nanny state is not so wholly inappropriate.

      I notice that above I’ve been disemvowelled; I’m honoured; I feel like i’ve passed an important threshold in my life. On reflection I was being pretty obnoxious. I get wound up by people reading Daily-Mail level reporting about the UK and accepting it uncritically.

  4. grikdog says:

    So, somewhere in MOE, there is a lump of dark, lumpish yet gently witty social(ist) sarcasm, in which TP has thrust his magical ka-niff, then uttered the mystic words, “After me comes no one except British cops.”

    I knew he was losing it. I think it’s gone. (He’s forgotten everything he ever knew about Hermione Granger.)

  5. rebdav says:

    It is sad that the people who brought us the Magna Carta have fallen so far. Unfortunately I think it was the loss of the adventurous men lost in battle in WW-I and WW-II that brought them to that point. Nature or nurture something got lost and caution crept into the national soul.

    Terry Pratchett should be given a harem license to help bring back the sword forging swashbuckler genes.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I live in a jurisdiction where a blade over 4″ and less than (IIRC) 16″ is illegal, whether it’s mounted on a short grip or on a pole. This leaves just about everything worthy of the word “sword” legal, but only if worn openly, not concealed.

    This leads to the occasional surreal moment on the bus :)

    I can happily report that one of the perks of being a sword carrying maniac is that you always get a seat to yourself in public transit.

  7. HornCologne says:

    Insert pen-being-mightier-than-the-sword comment here.

    Insert other comment to the effect that meteorite-iron swords don’t kill people, Chuck Norris kills people, but Terry Pratchett makes his swords …

    Though it needed no proof, Terry Pratchett proves he is simply incredible at everything! How cool is that?

  8. Master Pokes says:

    Without pictures, didn’t happen.

  9. 13strong says:

    I believe this is a picture of the sword (taken from Terry’s blog).


  10. Harrkev says:

    He should use Octiron or nothing.

  11. Eric Ragle says:

    Terry Pratchett just continues to amaze me. I was enthralled by his books growing up, but his non-writing activities have probably inspired me the most.

  12. Church says:

    Knights should be allowed to carry swords. If you don’t trust them with one, don’t knight them.

    • P1rat3 says:

      You’re so right Church. In fact, allowing Knights to wear swords may also encourage more people to live up to the ideals and become Knights of the Realm. :)

  13. Ted8305 says:

    In lands where common sense still prevails, you have to commit a crime with a knife before it’s considered “knife crime”.

    I give it another 10 years until the UK unveils “hand crime”, “penis crime” and the like.

  14. pKp says:

    Just when you thought the guy couldn’t get any more awesome.

  15. willy359 says:

    When you wield it, you don’t get a feeling of power. You just get blisters.

  16. Remus Shepherd says:

    In a sensible universe, this sword would have magic powers just because of what it’s made of, how it was made, and who it was made by and for.

    If nothing else, ‘The Sword of Sir PTerry’ is guaranteed to become a legend someday.

  17. Anony Mouse says:

    We don’t really have ren faires after the US tradition in the UK, and re-enactment generally requires blunt weapons. However, it is legal to carry a sword peace-knotted. In fact, I know loads of people who have encountered the police whilst carrying a variety of weapons, from swords to spears to halberds, without getting in trouble. Sir Terry is simply being an alarmist old fool.

  18. elagie says:

    Can he carry it if it’s peace-tied? (Ren-faires in the US allow weapons if they are tied to their sheaths — are you telling me that British renaissance faires don’t allow weapons at all?)

    Terry Pratchett is my favorite author ever (and I’m thrilled that my 10 year old has also become a fan.)

  19. zombieite says:

    First they came for the guns, but we did not say anything because we are not gun owners.

    Then they came for the swords. At that point we got pissed because swords are awesome!

  20. Anonymous says:

    He’s making (forging? firing?) his sword in this video:


  21. Anonymous says:

    Whew! Alice Walker’s “Why War is Never a Good Idea” (on the shelf behind him) is a fabulous book!

  22. nanuq says:

    Hey, the Queen comes at these guys with a sword while knighting them. Aren’t they even allowed to defend themselves?

    • Anonymous says:

      I think Sir Terry said himself, when commenting on his knighthood, that being struck (tapped) with the sword by the monarch represents the last time that the recipient can honourablt be struck without having to defend himself.

  23. Pablissimo says:

    Christ, what an awesome.

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