Hey peeps. So I’ve been taking lessons in sword fighting for several months now, and it’s been hella fun. I’ve done two handed swords, one handed, one handed with a buckler, dual swords, spears, and poleaxes. And I was wondering if anyone would be interested in me writing/illustrating a mini guide on the anatomy of a sword fight in layman’s terms.
First off, there’s nothing wrong with the “I know nothing about sword fighting but look, they’re fighting and I’m having fun writing this” method because generally the most important part of the fight is actually how the characters feel about it, and how much danger they’re in, which the “I know nothing but I think this would be cool” method does fantastically.
But for people interested in describing the action more dynamically I can give a a few ideas on how to expand your toolbox.
Some of it will be stuff like how advancing and retreating steps play into gaining the advantage. Or how to win a crossing of blades.
Some of it will just be confirming that you’re already describing it correctly. For instance: you know how every time there’s a disarm people describe it as “a fancy circling motion” or “funny twirl with the sword” and bam the person is disarmed?
That description left me unsatisfied my entire life because I wanted to know how it actually worked.
Now I do.
Now I’ve done it myself.
It’s a freaking fancy twirling circle with the sword. Like I don’t know how else to put it simply. You get in at the right angle and that’s what it is and it just freaking works.
Anyways, I’m not a master by any means, but would anyone be interested in this?
Marc Antony: So then after the Battle of Actium I thought my girlfriend had killed herself so I took my own sword and stabbed myself to death. But it turns out she hadn’t killed herself, but later she committed suicide with a poisonous asp.
Tommy Wiseau: Ha! Ha! That is funny story Marc. (throws football)
“Forged long ago in the lost Elf kingdom of Gondolin, Orcrist, the ‘goblin cleaver’, was a legendary blade, well known to the wise of Middle-earth and infamous among their enemies."
"Having disappeared for centuries, the sword would reappear in, of all places, a Troll hoard, where, among the detritus and ruin, it catches the eye of Thorin Oakenshield. To the Dwarf, well versed in the crafting of fine weapons, it is a sword of peerless craft, but it is Elrond, lord and lore-master of Rivendell, who is able to name the blade and tell Thorin of its prestigious lineage."
"No finer sword could a king of any race wish for."