LEGENDARY MYTHICAL WEAPONS WHICH SCULPTED HISTORY
Added on: 10th Oct 2016
The legendary Irish sword Caladbolg was wielded by Fergus mac
Róich. The two handed sword was so powerful that its
swinging made a circle like a rainbow which could be used to
decimate armies or cut off the tops of hills.
Persian legends tell us of the sword Shamshir-e Zomorrodnegar,
originally the property of King Solomon. The sword was said to
be guarded by Fulad-zereh, a witch and mother of a ferocious
horned demon. She protected it so carefully because this
legendary mythological weapon was the only thing capable of
killing her son. If a person was wounded by Shamshir-e
Zomorrodnegar, the wound could only be treated by potion
made from, among other things, Fulad-zereh’s brain.
The Vietnamese King Le Loi fought and chased the Mings out of
Vietnam from 1418-1428. His legendary weapon, the sword
Thuan Thien, translates as “Heaven’s Will”. The sword is said to
have increased the king’s size by many fold and given him
the strength of a thousand men.
Sharur translates as “smasher of thousands”. The weapon of
Mesopotamian god Ninurta, the mace was reputedly able to fly
wherever it wished and communicate with Ninurta. It was also
used to communicate the will of the god Enlil (a chief deity
in Sumerian religion) to Ninurta.
Along with La Colada, the Tizona is one of two legendary swords
attributed to Spanish conqueror El Cid which he used to
drive the Moors out of the Iberian Peninsula. Immediately
aware there was no escaping the mighty blade, El Cid’s
opponents would often turn and run from the Tizona.
The city of Burgos (near to his birthplace) in Spain
acquired what is said to be the sword in 2007.
RUYI JINGU BANG
Ruyi Jingu Bang is the magical staff of the immortal monkey king
Sun Wukong. The Monkey King went to the underwater
kingdom of the Dragon King looking for a weapon to match
his strength. After failing to find one, the Dragon Queen
suggested to give him a seemingly useless rod in their
treasury which began producing “heavenly light” in the
days before his arrival. The rod, weighing 17,550 pounds
(7,960 kg), shrank or grew according to Sun Wukong’s will.
When unused, the Monkey King shrank it to a needle
size and kept it behind his ear.
SWORD OF DAMOCLES
The story of the Sword of Damocles comes from the history of
Sicily as recounted by Timaeus of Tauromenium. Damocles was
a courtier in King Dionysius II of Syracuse’s court and was one
day lauding praises on the king for his fortune of having so
much power and wealth. Dionysius offered to change
places with the courtier, a proposal which Damocles quickly
accepted. But, to show the perils that come with power,
the king had a massive sword hung above the throne by
just one hair of a horse’s tail. Damocles begged the
king to take back the responsibility.
The Pashupatastra is one of the most powerful weapons in all
of Hindu mythology. This legendary weapon, used via the mind,
eyes, words, or a bow, is capable of eradicating all living
beings and destroying all of creation. The personal weapon
of Lord Shiva, the god gave it to the warrior Arjuna. Knowing
better, Arjuna refrained from using the Pashupatastra
lest he destroy the entire world.