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Caledfwlch Sketch

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Oct 18, 2010 | 12:13 PM EDT
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This is a quick sketch of the sword Gwenhwyfar uses in my story "War of the Damned". The name Caledfwlch is the original Welsh for the famous sword of Arthurian legend 'Excalibur'.

While the sword blade seems quite European, I took references from Celtic, Roman and Norse swords for the hilt design. The weapon would have been forged before Christianity became the dominant faith of the British Isles and so I thought these older designs were more appropriate than the traditional European style hilt (specifically the guard) that looks like a cross.

For the sketch itself I used a 0.7mm mechanical pencil.

The words carved into the blade are "CHYMER 'M FYNY" which is old Welsh for "Take me up". On the flip side of the blade is carved BWRA 'M AR GERDDED" which is old Welsh for "Cast me away". Some legend say that these words were imprinted into the blade and so I decided to include them.



Rated 4 / 5 stars

Liking the concept...

I very much like the direction your taking the Arthurian legend in. Though, you realize you will now have to explain how Gwen came to own this blade of legend...

This design very much looks like the Excalibur depicted in the movie Merlin. As opposed to this wondrous art piece, it was a simple, but fine looking weapon. What separated it was the sound of it's whoosh through the air, and seeing this picture made me hear that sound once again. As ugly as the concept of a weapon made for mass killing is, the sound it makes will forever be much more beautiful than a gun...

Anyhow, this is nice and I believe a solid 8/10 are well earned.

Might this be something that will happen more in the future?

sinfulwolf responds:

I do plan on explaining how Gwenhwyfar got the weapon, but it's nothing that epic. She was married to Arthur long ago.

This is something I may do more of in the future. Concept sketches, clothing sketches and the like to add a visual element to the story. A glimpse into what I see when I'm writing everything down.