War knife of the Wægmundings

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War knife of the Wægmundings

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A long term commission from our very own Weyland. Beorning master smith Gulli has just finished work on a relic, the Wyrmslēan.

I first contacted him years ago with the dream of creating a mythopoetic armament of Beowulf. For several reasons I decided on the seax that he uses to kill the Dragon in the final section of the elegy.

Once again the king gathered his strength and drew a stabbing knife he carried on his belt, sharpened for battle.
He stuck it deep into the dragon's flank.
Beowulf dealt it a deadly wound.

The design brief started simpler but grew over time until it took on a life of it's own. I found it consuming at times and I can only imagine what Gulli went through pouring his skill into it, knowing that any slip could mean a loss of not only time and effort, but in the case of the uniquely large reindeer antler handle - difficult to replace resources.
He was brilliant throughout the process, reigning in my spiraling ideas while calmly steering things in the direction they needed to go.

And so here it is, if we have any Beowulf fans who wish to know more, or guess at the composite parts or meaning behind them (it all has meaning) then I am happy to discuss or share work in progress photos.

I will just mention that it's big, much bigger than the ratio of handle to blade would suggest and that the complex pattern weld blade was made by the famed Dwarven smith Owen Bush.

Perhaps not strictly Middle Earth but I hope you forgive me for sharing.

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But the white fury of the Northmen burned the hotter, and more skilled was their knighthood with long spears and bitter. Fewer were they but they clove through the Southrons like a fire-bolt in a forest.
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WOW! You get so much awesome and beautiful stuff, I'm getting jealous :mrgreen:
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?!!?!??!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!

THAT WAS FOR YOU!?!?!??!

That is simply gorgeous!!!!! Gosh what a master he is.
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Elleth wrote: Tue Sep 20, 2022 12:18 pmTHAT WAS FOR YOU!?!?!??!
I used to react this way when someone I knew wound up with something from Gulli or other high-level artisans. Nowadays...when something like this is posted, my first reaction is to wonder which one of my friends commissioned it! 50% of the time or more, I'm correct that it's someone within Middle-earth reenactment, because who else can come up with these incredible ideas but this group of people?!

Again, congrats, Eofor. None better to carry it than you. If it's not too much trouble, I'd be interested to hear a bit more about the individual pieces and their references.
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A true work of Art.
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Wow!
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Thank you everyone, there's a real wonder in watching something that only exists in your imagination come into existence.

Elleth wrote: Tue Sep 20, 2022 12:18 pmTHAT WAS FOR YOU!?!?!??!
It is! I'm definitely in Greg's 50% camp and there will be a few more items coming from Gulli and other masters in this theme and at least one lesser known Middle Earth artifact that has always captured my imagination.

Greg wrote: Tue Sep 20, 2022 2:23 pmIf it's not too much trouble, I'd be interested to hear a bit more about the individual pieces and their references.
It is no trouble at all but I may wait until it is in my hands to do the write up. Good news is that with the airways back open the package is already halfway here.
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Eofor wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 7:07 am ...and at least one lesser known Middle Earth artifact that has always captured my imagination
I'll look forward to seeing it :P
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Happy you like it my friends. It was a journey that I will remember fondly.
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I think perhaps the highest compliment I could pay is that I believe the Professor himself would be absolutely ecstatic over this knife with his love of Beowulf. I think it perfectly encapsulates both the real-world archaeological record and the mythic tone of the monster-slaying hero. It's a beautiful knife and both you and Gulli should be proud. Congratulations to both for the hard work. It really really paid off.
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