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The Shire

Jul 21 2013, 4:49am

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broken weapon [In reply to] Can't Post

Hi. This is a topic that I glanced over long ago;I would not write this if I have not heard you ask it.

I like to think that the sword is a symbol of the warrior's faith. With it broken the authenticity
of the warrior is questioned. When your sword is broken most likely it is because your opponent
wanted to break it to not only kill you but those that follow you. To kill your spirit. If an opponent
can break the sword he could have killed his enemy sooner, unless used in defense.
If a warrior has his sword broken then he must not have much else to use to defeat his enemy: knife, wits, cleverness. So when
the sword breaks the warrior is impotent. Boromir though used his sword to not only thrust but
to also parry to buy time to save the company.
To me it is odd the Narsil was not reforged soon after that war. Would not Isildur reforge it? May be he was planning it since
it was in his company at Gladden Fields.
My opinion.

Subject User Time
Broken Sword Barrow-Wight Send a private message to Barrow-Wight Jul 14 2013, 3:16am
    I don't have an answer but this is something I've often wondered about too // dubulous Send a private message to dubulous Jul 14 2013, 10:01am
    Likely just symbolism... FrogmortonJustice65 Send a private message to FrogmortonJustice65 Jul 14 2013, 12:44pm
        It happens to... Lothwen Send a private message to Lothwen Jul 14 2013, 2:12pm
            Just Elendil and Boromir, I think. Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Jul 14 2013, 6:07pm
                Ah, of course, Lothwen Send a private message to Lothwen Jul 14 2013, 6:32pm
                    Witch-KIng Barrow-Wight Send a private message to Barrow-Wight Jul 14 2013, 9:55pm
                        His mace? CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Jul 16 2013, 10:34am
    Old world symbolism Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Jul 14 2013, 2:49pm
    The symbolism of Broken swords, and other damaged equipment - and its limits! noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Jul 20 2013, 7:51am
    broken weapon Dirhaval Send a private message to Dirhaval Jul 21 2013, 4:49am


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