It’s just how things roll in our world of digital surveillance: You do one little post on the Espada Ancha, and suddenly it’s knives out. Long knives. Langes Messer. Suddenly every medievalist trader on the internet is trying to sell me a big ol’ hunting sword. There’s a few pirate cutlasses thrown in for good measure.
Then this dude pops up, as excited as a kid at Christmas:
Well, who could blame him? Somebody wants to send me a meter of well-crafted fighting steel, I’ll be pretty stoked, too.
The video is a worthy treatise on the virtues of the Langes Messer. The Langes Messer became the fashionable EDC sidearm 14th and 15th centuries Central Europe, which is a good reminder that, practicalities aside, the cool factor has always played a role in weapons choice as in other matters of fashion (like, say, your choice of hose and codpiece).
From what I can see, if you’re in the market for a really big knife that is aesthetically pleasing and historically accurate, Krieger Historical Weapons is your outfit.
Speaking of things medieval…
I am staying away from the
East India Co. Amazon Prime Rings of Power. Except for the Bear McCreary music, which I will surely love and simply transfer into some other realm of Fennario. Aside from the evident distortions of Tolkien’s world, well-documented across the interwebs, the trailers just don’t look good. How you can throw a billion dollars at a project and have it come off looking … bleh… is beyond me.
I had also intended to give House of the Dragon a pass. I think badly of George RR Martin for stiffing his readers for ages, and I jumped ship on Game of Thrones after Season 4, the last of the great seasons, well before it foundered epically on the rocks. But damned if this thing don’t look good. Besides, Lady Marilyn likes dragons.
I haven’t seen the trailers for Rings of Power, but I imagine it is bleh because of lack of aesthetic sense of the creators (by which I mean, not Tolkien.) We are living in a very weird time when meaningless phrases like “intersectionality” are considered important but not beauty.
On the other hand, I just saw the first two episodes of Genndy Tartokovsky’s Primal and it is as stunning as ever. I, of course, wrote a piece about it for the site, but I still feel the need to shout about it on the roof tops.
H.P. @ Hillbilly Highways says
I’m more excited for the slightly silly looking Dungeons and Dragons movie.
Stanley Wheeler says
Me too. I haven’t even seen the trailer yet, but I’m hoping it’s not trash.
No “Messers”, please.
Langes Messer = singular
Lange Messer = plural
das lange Messer = singular with definite article
ein langes Messer = singular with indefinite article
I won’t bother you with the declensions.
Quixotic Mainer says
Swords just have undeniable appeal, even in our nonsensical age when much seems to have been lost in translation.
My FMA study group met today in a park, no one paid us much mind while we clicked sticks or threw fisticuffs. But man, swap a sword, (or better, two!),in and a gaggling crowd isn’t long forming.
That is so cool.