A few weeks back I was contacted by one of our avid followers in Japan, Mr Steve Gilshenen. He was curious, he said, to know whether Lord Terence had any photos of his sword collection online as he would be interested in viewing them. The answer
was a resounding no, so I took it upon myself to do something about it. Result … this article.
His lordship has been collecting swords, daggers and dirks for the last ten years or so, keeping a dealer in Caloundra, Queensland
one very happy little trader. Over the years most of the weapons from THE LORD OF THE RINGS have been purchased, with these being the start of Terence’s collection. This includes Narsil, Strider’s sword, a Ring Wraith blade, Bilbo’s Sting
and Legolas’ twin throwing blades, along with Gimli’s double-edged battle-axe. (And … yes … his lordship also has the One Ring to keep everything under control.)
But that’s not all! In addition there
have been a number of other different weapons added.
Firstly, Terence managed to acquire a pole sword. Though the origins of this is unknown it is a sword with a difference as it actually uses its scabbard as an extension to its reach.
By screwing it to the hilt of the blade it is made twice as long.
William Wallace had a personal claymore, which is a long sword indigenous to Scotland. A copy has its place in Terence’s collection, as does a Crusader Sword purchased
from Mont St Michel in France, along with two daggers acquired from Carcasonne, Languedoc-Roussillion, France. An Indian Gurkha knife as well as a Scottish broadsword also are part of this collection.
All these blades are replicas and
most of them are spending their time locked away in a shed just now – along with more than just a few spiders and their webs – awaiting their new home in the Grand Hall at Victory Castle. All the same, I hope you have enjoyed this small insight
into Lord Terence’s life.
Photos – Taken in situ so the full blade is not apparent in most pictures.