Check out the most powerful and magical weapons in mythology! From legendary and magical swords to other ancient weapons, this top 10 list of mythical weapons is fascinating!
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12. Green Dragon Crescent Blade
Wielded by the legendary general Guan Yu in the second and third centuries A.D., the Green Dragon Crescent Blade was said to be a guandao, a traditional Chinese weapon that resembles a halberd. A giant of a man, Guan Yu asked his blacksmiths to make a polearm that combined the chopping power of a saber with the length of a spear.
Believed to weigh as much as 45 kilograms or 100 pounds—although some sources say it was no more than 18 kilograms or 40 pounds—no normal human would have been able to use it effectively. Luckily, that wasn’t an issue for the general. Guan Yu wielded the Green Dragon Crescent Blade while defending Liu Bei, the first ruler of Shu Han. Deified after his as a sort of Chinese god, Guan Yu blesses those who show loyalty and brotherhood, traits which defined him in his life.
11. Hrunting & Naegling
The two swords of Beowulf, Hrunting and Naegling, came to the Geatish hero in different ways. Unferth, an underling of the Danish lord Hrothgar, lent Beowulf Hrunting. It was already an ancient weapon by that time and said to have never let down a warrior who wielded it. However, in Beowulf’s fight against Grendel’s mother, the sword was unable to harm the monster in any way. Nevertheless, Beowulf later returned Hrunting with nothing but good things to say, as it was useful in every other battle.
The epic doesn’t explicitly specify where Naegling comes from. Deriving from the word for “nail,” legends described Naegling as a fine and ancient sword. When Beowulf fought his final battle with the dragon Daeghrefn, he chose to take Naegling. Unfortunately, much like Hrunting, Naegling failed the hero in battle by breaking in two. Although this time, it was because Beowulf’s hand was too strong for the blade.
10. Gae Bulg
Given as a gift Aiofe, the mother of his only son, the Irish mythological figure Cuchulainn wielded a unique spear named Gae Bulg. Its name translated as “barbed spear”, “notched spear”, or “belly spear”. Tales describe it as having special barbs all along the shaft. When Gae Bulg pierced a man’s body, these barbs opened up, making the spear nearly impossible to remove without the victim. A few variations of the myth also give the spear seven different heads, each with seven barbs of its own.
In addition, Aiofe supposedly fashioned Gae Bulg from the bone of a sea monster, the Coinchenn, which perished fighting another sea monster. Another unique quality of Gae Bulg was the way it was used: Held by the toes, it was kicked upward, piercing the victim’s groin. Cuchulainn used Gae Bulg to not only his foster-brother Ferdiad but also his own son, Connla, whose identity was disguised from Cuchulainn during their fight.
9. Taming Sari
Translated as “flower shield,” Taming Sari was the fabled weapon of the legendary Melaysian warrior Hang Tuah. It was a kris, an asymmetrical dagger with a specific blade pattern. Legend says that it was also the first of its kind ever ever created. The sultan recognized Hang Tuah as the best of the Laksamana, or admiral, by giving him the weapon. According to legend the weapon had supernatural powers, including making the bearer invincible.
Taming Sari was unique in that it did not have a sheath. Hang Tuah considered his enemy’s body to be the only appropriate sheath for his weapon. Jealous of the favoritism showered on Hang Tuah, various members of the court spread rumors about him. Which must have been pretty nasty, because the Sultan started clamoring for his head! The bendahara, or chief minister, tasked with carrying out the instead, hid Hang Tuah, repaying an old debt. Thinking he was, Hang Tuah’s friend Hang Jebat began everyone he could find. Eventually, the bendahara revealed his hoax. The sultan pardoned Hang Tuah but ordered him to Hang Jebat. With a heavy heart, Hang Tuah his friend with Taming Sari after a lengthy battle, throwing the dagger into a river after he was done. (Similar to Excalibur returning to the Lake).
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