Even the greatest action figure is only as cool as its weaponry. In one of our favorite fantasy epics, George R. R. Martin’s The Song of Ice and Fire, and its HBO adaptation, Game of Thrones, the characters’ weapons not only play key roles, but also become characters in and of themselves. In fact, one of the most interesting aspects of the series is that many of the weapons actually become reflections of their very owners.
As the saying goes, “You are what you pillage with”
Here’s our list of favorite weapons and what they say about their owners…
Powerful, stern and swift like its owner, Lord Eddard Stark, Ice has been the Stark family greatsword for generations. Like the greatswords of many Westerosi houses, Ice is forged of Valyrian steel.
2.) King Robert’s Warhammer
Once upon a time, Robert Baratheon was known more for his battlefield prowess than his gluttony and promiscuity. Preferring the blunt force trauma of a giant hammer, Robert won the Iron Throne by caving in Prince Rhaegar’s chest at the Battle of the Trident.
3.) Prince Oberyn’s Poison-laced Spear
The Red Viper of Dorne is known to be hot tempered, bisexual, and an avid fan of poison…all in all, a true Dornishman. The Spear is also part of House Martell’s sigil.
A bastard sword for the bastard of Winterfell. Although it was originally the Valyrian steel greatsword of House Mormont, Lord Commander Mormont passed it to Jon Snow after Snow saved his life.
5.) Dothraki Arakh
Khal Drogo’s weapon of choice. The arakh is a hybrid of a sword and a scythe, and is a useful weapon for a horse-riding Dorthraki…as long as said Dothraki never fights an armored Knight.
Oathkeeper is a Valyrian steel longsword, which was forged from Eddard Stark’s Ice. Oathkeeper’s current owner is none other than Brienne the Beauty of Tarth. As the weapon’s name suggests, Brienne is driven by loyalty and duty, representing the ideals of a proper Knight better than most male Knights in Westeros.
7.) Tyrion’s Crossbow
To even give a hint of this weapon’s use or context would be to spoil one of the greatest scenes in the series. And we’re just not that evil.
Jon Snow gifted Arya this skinny shortsword just before they parted ways in Winterfell. To say that Needle has had its fair share of action would be a Gregor Clegane-sized understatement. Many have underestimated Needle and Arya, only to be “stuck with the pointy end.”
9.) Shagga’s Axe
“Shagga likes Axes.”
10.) Syrio’s Wooden Practice Sword
Hands down, one of the most bad-ass fight scenes from A Game of Thrones. Three armored Knights wielding steel swords against the First Sword of Braavos, brandishing a wooden practice sword. The outcome was never in question.
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