I was thinking about named hero weapons and I was wondering when this trend started, It felt like a modern convention as I think of western classical literature and I can’t really
find any examples that quickly came to mind. I quickly realized this isn’t so because of Mjornir. This seems born out by the Wikipedia article about such weapons which as several entries from mythology and then jumps to contemporary culture.
So, I have a few questions.
- What was the first named hero weapon?
- Are there any weapons in other mythologies that rival Mjolnir in popularity to their fans? Are there any that worldwide are more popular and well known?
- The page reminded me of another insanely popular weapon Excalibur which is kinda a late entry into the mythology genres and I’m sure there are others. So, what some other early examples from literature that aren’t on the wikipedia page. I don’t want to place an arbitrary time limit on it but I’m not so interested in modern examples but more to understand the evolution of the magic weapon and can we pinpoint when the popularity began to grow? I’m guessing it was probably fantasy literature and if so, which were the earliest examples.
- Just for fun, could you name a weapon name for one historical figure what would it be? My humble example is Moses and his staff Seasplitter.
edit, ok, many would quibble with Moses being historical so lets open it up to naming previously unnamed famous weapons?