Fantasy Swords-List of famous swords from book series

Fantasy Swords – List of famous swords in fantasy book series. Sword of Truth, Middle-Earth swords, Shannara swords, Narnia swords, Wheel of Time swords, Books of the Swords and many more.

Fantasy Swords

Amber series by Roger Zelazny

Grayswandir: sword used by Corwin of Amber. Grayswandir is associated with the moon and the night.
Werewindle: sword used by Brand and later stolen from Brand’s son, Rinaldo, by Jert of Chaos. Werewindle is associated with the day.

Redwall series by Brian Jacques

The Sword of Martin the Warrior – wielded first by Martin the Warrior, then by all the champions of Redwall Abbey.

Shannara series by Terry Brooks

The Sword of Leah: a sword carried by the Leah family for generations, later given the ability to cut through magic.
The Sword of Shannara: a magical sword with the power to reveal the truth of any being or situation. It is forged from magic, is indestructible, and “can only be wielded by a true heir of Shannara.”

Swords of Shannara
Swords of Shannara

Steven Brust series

The Great Weapons are 17 swords and daggers created by the Serioli in order to kill the Gods for stealing their world. They absorb the souls of those they cut, though the wielder can choose to spare the souls rather than let them be destroyed. The weapons can also temporarily swallow the soul of their wielder to prevent his or her destruction. Each Great Weapon also has unique powers and properties.
Blackwand : a black longsword which has the ability to expel a lethal black beam. Morrolan e’Drien received it from Sethra Lavode during the events of The Lord of Castle Black. Its literal name is “Magical-Wand-for-Creating-Death-in-the-Form-of-a-Black-Sword.”

Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

The vorpal sword, which went “snicker-snack”. Vorpal swords have later been used in many role-playing games. Vorpal swords are known for their uncanny ability to sever heads, as compared to swords of sharpness, which merely cut off arms or legs.

David Gemmell series

The Swords of Night and Day : wielded by Olek Skilgannon ‘the Damned’ in White Wolf and The Swords of Night and Day. Powerful, yet inferior, copies of the Swords of Blood and Fire.
The Swords of Blood and Fire : twin swords wielded by Decado in The Swords of Night and Day, and by Boranius in White Wolf. The original swords from which the Swords of Night and Day were copied.

The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind

Sword of Truth, wielded by Richard Rahl, a man of great inner strength who begins life as a simple forest guide. The sword has numerous powers, most notably that it rebels against being used on a target the wielder does not believe deserves to die, punishes its user after they have killed someone with it (especially someone who did not deserve to die), remembers the skills of its previous wielders, and if given to someone not worthy of the sword, will eventually transform them into a subhuman creature.

Sword of Truth - Richard Cypher - Legend of the Seeker
Sword of Truth - Richard Cypher - Legend of the Seeker

The Pastel City by M. John Harrison

The sword of Lord tegius-Cromis : “his plain long sword which, contrary to the fashion of the time, had no name.”

The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan

Callandor: A powerful sa’angreal, also known as The Sword that is not a Sword resides in the Stone of Tear (heart of the stone)
Heron Mark Sword: Swords borne by blademasters. Some are Power-wrought blades of Aes Sedai make, and thus unbreakable. A majority are crafted of more mundane stuff.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

Rhindon, the sword of Peter Pevensie.

Eternal Champion series by Michael Moorcock

Mournblade: Stormbringer’s twin, Elric’s cousin Yyrkoon’s sword.
Stormbringer: Elric’s sword. Stormbringer absorbs the souls of anyone it kills.
The Sword of the Dawn: Dorian Hawkmoon’s sword.

The Winter of the World by Michael Scott Rohan

Gorthawer: the black sword wielded by the mastersmith Elof.

Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

The Sword of Gryffindor: a sword in the Harry Potter series. Can be wielded only by a “True Gryffindor”. In the last book, it is revealed that it is goblin-made, and therefore, goblins take ownership of it. However, when a true Gryffindor arises, it comes out of the sorting hat. It is first pulled out by Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and then by Neville Longbottom in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and used to kill the last horcrux, Nagini the snake. The sword absorbs any substance that will strengthen it; for example, if immersed in poison, it gains the ability to poison its target, and rejects any substance that would damage or tarnish it.

Books of the Swords by Fred Saberhagen

The Twelve Swords of Power, each with a unique magic property, were forged by Vulcan and capriciously scattered across a world in which technology had been replaced by magic and the deities of classical antiquity returned.

Coinspinner : a sword which brings luck to its wielder but may desert him at any moment.
Doomgiver : the “sword of justice”, which turns any attack back on the attacker.
Dragonslicer : a sword which transcends dragons’ resistance to normal weapons (but does not protect the wielder in any way).
Farslayer : a sword which kills a named victim, regardless of distance, when it is thrown by its wielder… Who may, of course, become the next target.
Woundhealer : a sword which heals diseases and injuries and cannot be used as a weapon.
Mindsword : the “Sword of Glory” or “Skulltwister”, which inspires instant and fanatic loyalty to the wielder.
Shieldbreaker : a sword which destroys any weapon, including other Swords… but which cannot harm any creature not bearing a weapon, nor will it allow its wielder to use any other method than itself to attempt to attack another being, even if that being is unarmed.
Sightblinder : a sword which causes its wielder to be perceived by observers as someone they either fear or trust, giving the power of disguise but not the power of stealth.
Soulcutter : the “Tyrant’s Blade”, which imposes instant and unbreakable depression on anyone nearby—including the wielder.
Stonecutter : a sword which can cut through stone.
Townsaver : a sword which will protect the innocent from any number of attackers… But does not protect its wielder.
Wayfinder : a sword which leads the wielder to whatever he seeks… But by the most dangerous way.

Middle-earth swords by J. R. R. Tolkien

Narsil / Anduril: (Narsil was reforged into Andúril, Flame of the West) Elendil’s Sword in possession of Aragorn.
Orcrist: Goblin-cleaver, called “Biter” by the Goblins. Used by Thorin Oakenshield.
Ringil: sword owned by Fingolfin.
Sting: An Elven knife used as a sword by Bilbo, and later by Frodo Enchanted to glow when evil is near.
Anglachel: (later Gurthang) and Anguirel (both forged from a meteorite).
Herugrim: sword of Théoden.
Aranrúth: sword of the Elven King Thingol of Doriath  in the First Age. After his death the sword was passed on to his descendants.
Gúthwinë : sword of Éomer.
Barrow-blades: daggers or short swords forged in Arnor in the early Third Age. They were found by the Hobbits in the barrow of a barrow-wight and given to them by Tom Bombadil.
Hadhafang: an uncanonical sword invented by the The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, used by Arwen and Elrond.

Narsil Sword - Lord of the Rings
Narsil Sword - Lord of the Rings

The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe

Terminus Est: Carried by the protagonist, the Torturer Severian. Has liquid metal (mercury, referred to by its Latin name hydrargyrum) within the blade, making it hard to lift and giving more power on the downswing.

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  1. Excalibur is the most famous sword ever, no doubt! Even my 4 years old son know this fact.
    I really liked “sword of truth books”, i was happy for Legend of the seeker series, but authors cancelled it. Where can i complain?

  2. They should add Zar’roc from the inheritance trilogy by Christopher Paolini just because it’s my favorite fantasy series 😀

  3. What about “Longclaw”, “Ice”, and “Needle” from George R.R. Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” series?

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