on Aug 7, 2014
At the six minute mark Rutskarn mentions Skallagrim, who is a YouTube guy who shares his weapon knowledge and generally scoffs at the often absurd excesses of Hollywood weapon-making. He’s good, although I just want to throw my weight behind LindyBeige as someone who is fun to watch and seems to have an inordinate number of archaic pointy things lying about. (The linked video is him talking about scythes, which seems relevant to our discussion here.)
And for those who missed our earlier episodes, the seemingly errant pronunciation of Marlow’s weapon is deliberate. I’ve decided that a scythe is a tool for cutting grass, and and sKythe is that ridiculous contraption that Marlow is using. They’re just spelled the same because of an ancient Mayan curse or something.
I really wish we had the archaeologist with us. I would drag her through this madhouse and just DARE her to explain this stuff. “Well, see you had to bring a sKythe here and jam one end into this socket in order to open a door. Which would also split the scythe into two really inconvenient sword things. It was an intelligence test. Anyone stupid enough to attempt to wield the resulting pieces as weapons was clearly too dense to be useful and therefore should be put out of the village or eaten.”