>> Monday, July 2, 2012
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Rhindon was given to Peter Pevensie--the future High King of Narnia--by Father Christmas. The Long Winter was ending, and it was the first time that Father Christmas had been able to come to Narnia in a hundred years.
Peter was the first of the Pevensie children to receive his gifts: Rhindon and a silver shield with lion on it, "as bright as a ripe strawberry."
The hilt of the sword was gold and it had a sheath and a sword belt and everything it needed, and it was just the right size and weight for Peter to use. Peter was silent and solemn as he received these gifts, for he felt they were a very serious kind of present.
His first real use of the sword occurred when he fought the White Witch's chief of police, the wolf Maugrim. He ended up killing the wolf as he lunged at him, and Aslan later bestowed upon him the title of Sir Peter Wolfsbane.
And while leading the Narnians in the final fight against the White Witch, Rhindon was with him.
King Peter also used Rhindon when he dueled against King Miraz in Prince Caspian. He won the duel, but treachery from Miraz's officers brought another battle.
In the film version, at least, the blade is shown to have words on it.
On one side it reads:
When Aslan bares his teeth, winter meets its death
and on the other:
When He shakes his mane, we shall have spring again