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Mark Mattimore




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PostPosted: Fri 24 Dec, 2004 10:33 pm    Post subject: Santa's Sword         Reply with quote

I’m staying up late to listen for the sound of reindeer hooves on my rooftop and cruise the myArmoury forums a bit. Christmas and swords seem to be rather unrelated subjects until I’m struck with a question… “If Santa had a sword, what kind of sword would it be?” I mean traveling around the globe in a single night must be dangerous and Old Saint Nick doesn’t seem like the kind of guy to arm himself with a crude firearm. So what do you guys think? Would Santa carry a sleek and deadly rapier, a type XVIII longsword, or maybe just a trusty dagger?

To inspire you, here is something I found to get you thinking. Happy Holidays.



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Joel Chesser




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PostPosted: Fri 24 Dec, 2004 11:17 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

OMG! where did you find that , i have been wanting to buy one of those for a long time. is there some some sort of link? in answer to your question, i feel pretty sure it would be something from Albion. Probably the type XII knightly sword. Big Grin
..." The person who dosen't have a sword should sell his coat and buy one."

- Luke 22:36
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Jessica S.




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PostPosted: Sat 25 Dec, 2004 1:32 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

great picture. just love it.
If fire does not cure it, a sword will.
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Eric Spitler




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PostPosted: Sat 25 Dec, 2004 8:39 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Big Viking-looking guy? Gaddhjalt. Definitely gaddhjalt. Happy
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David Wilson




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PostPosted: Sat 25 Dec, 2004 2:25 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Somewhere on Bjorn's site is pictured a daisho (katana and wakizashi) with tsuka and saya in bright red and green -- these must be the swords of Santa (Actually, Santa Claus is a Ninja, didn't you know?).

At least they used to be there. I couldn't find the pics. Maybe Bjorn can dig them up....?

David K. Wilson, Jr.
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Mark Mattimore




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PostPosted: Sat 25 Dec, 2004 3:17 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

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OMG! where did you find that , i have been wanting to buy one of those for a long time. is there some some sort of link?



Here's where you can get one of your very own...

http://www.noblecollection.com/catalog/product.cfm?id=NP031
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Mark Mattimore




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PostPosted: Sat 25 Dec, 2004 3:19 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Opps, lets try that again

http://www.noblecollection.com/catalog/produc...p;catid=15
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Jack McGregor Lynn





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PostPosted: Sat 25 Dec, 2004 8:48 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

anyone who comes down my chimney armed is in trouble, and I don't care how he's dressed. At that point in time it's shoot first and ask questions later.
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David Kite




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PostPosted: Sun 26 Dec, 2004 4:06 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I can't remember for sure, but I remember reading somewhere that Tolkien wrote a Christmas story with Santa and his elves having to defend the North Pole or Christmas or something from orcs or goblins or something (boy talk about vague, eh?).

Does anyone have any idea what I'm talking about or where to get the story?

David Kite
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David McElrea




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PostPosted: Mon 27 Dec, 2004 5:27 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

David Kite wrote:
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I can't remember for sure, but I remember reading somewhere that Tolkien wrote a Christmas story with Santa and his elves having to defend the North Pole or Christmas or something from orcs or goblins or something (boy talk about vague, eh?).

Does anyone have any idea what I'm talking about or where to get the story?


Hi David,

The story you are referring to is found in Tolkien's "Letters from Father Christmas". You can find it here:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-...7?v=glance

David McElrea
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Alex K





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PostPosted: Mon 27 Dec, 2004 8:31 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

haha he would have long red cape, mail hauberk, over that a red tunic, a viking sword, and a large round shield (with a christmas tree painted on) hanging off his back,
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Brian M




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PostPosted: Mon 27 Dec, 2004 11:54 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

St. Nicholas was born in Parana (located in modern-day Turkey) and served as Bishop of Myra, also located in modern-day Turkey. He died in AD 345 or 352. As that was the Easten Roman Empire, it follows that if he carried a sword it would have been a type of Roman spatha or gladius, or perhaps something of a more local flavor.
Almost nothing is known about his life, but I suspect that he did not see much mounted combat, so I think we can reasonably assume that if he carried a weapon it was some form of gladius or perhaps a dagger.
Incidentally, his remains were heisted by Italian merchants in the year 1087 and brought to Bari, Italy, where they remain to this day.

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