Check out the most powerful swords in mythology! From ancient legendary weapons to magical and mythological swords, this top 10 list of mythical swords is amazing!
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11. The Kusanagi
In Japanese folklore, the Kusanagi has been referred to as the “sword in the snake”. This sword was initially recovered from the body of an eight-headed serpent, which was believed to have been killed by the god of seas and storms. (This kind of reminds me of stories from Greek mythology, anyone else think so?)
This sword is now the part of the Three Sacred Treasures of Japan, which also include a mirror and a jewel. These objects altogether signify the importance of the three principal virtues: Compassion, the jewel, the mirror signifying wisdom, and the sword representing Valor. It is believed that these symbolic artifacts were a gift from a sun deity to the imperial family of Japan.
Due to its royal connections, this sword has occasionally been compared to Excalibur and other mythical swords. It symbolizes the divine right that has been bestowed upon the imperial family of Japan. This sword has never been seen in public so many people are also skeptical that it even exists. The Kusanagi is brought out only to the crowning ceremonies wrapped heavily in protective sheathings. Do you think this sword actually exists? Let us know what you think in the comments!
The story of the famous Harpē will make you wonder how unforgiving the spirit of vengeance can be.
Originating from Greek mythology, the harpē was a sickle-shaped sword flanging near the blade’s tip. Legend has it that the divine Uranus would descend to earth every night to make love to Gaia, the earth goddess. Gaia and Uranus also had children together who Uranus detested. One day he punished his own son Tartarus and tortured him. This left Gaia gnashing her teeth and she planned on taking her revenge on Uranus.
As Hesiod puts it in his poems, the infuriated Greek goddess Gaia provoked her younger son Cronus against his very own father. She also trained Cronus and provided him with a harpē to help him fight Uranus.
Uranus approached Gaia to lay with her again, but little did he know how his world was going to be turned upside down. Cronus pounced on Uranus, castrated and dethroned him to take charge of the whole world. The sword later became an emblem of Cronus’ strength.
Greek mythology also highlights another character Perseus, Cronus’s grandson. Perseus also used the same harpē to behead Medusa, a female monster with snakes for hair and the ability to turn people instantly into stone. He fought Medusa by using her reflection on his shield. For his valiant and heroic act, Perseus today is widely carved into statues and sculptures with a harpē in one hand and Medusa’s head in the other.
Originating from Norse folklore, the Gram has a very interesting story.
According to legend, the Gram was to be presented to Sigmund, a Norse patrician, at his sister’s wedding. However, halfway through the wedding, the Norse god Odin, impersonating a human body, took the sword and shoved it into the trunk of the tree called Barnstokkar. He told the people that the sword was granted with unmatched powers, and the person who would be able to take it out would become its rightful owner. Soon after, every man in the village tried his luck, but failed. Everyone except Sigmund who was able to successfully take the sword out of the tree. The king, Siggeir, impressed by the miracle, tried to bribe Sigmund for him to give him the sword. Sigmund rejected the king’s hefty gold offer and decided to keep the sword for himself. The infuriated Siggeir felt he was being disobeyed. He ordered the assassination of Sigmund’s entire family. Sigmund appeared on the scene years later and avenged his family’s brutal murder. He then went on to fight several other legendary battles with the same sword before it finally broke into two halves. After Sigmund’s death, his son Sigurd inherited it and forged it back together. He would eventually go on to use the same sword to kill the mythical dragon, Fafnir.
Mythologists claim that even though the sword got refurbished, it was so sharp that it could cut a metal anvil into clean halves in just a single strike. Many contemporary writers have also paid homage to this sword and used it as a reference in their works.
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