Why a Sword?

I enjoy fantasy stories, especially when they have a sword with an interesting background.  A history or legend that makes it special even mythical.  Was it forged long ago?  Does the sword have magical powers?  Or does it have such a long history that the users seems to take on some of the attributes of the weapon?

One of my favorite swords is Narsil from Lord of the Rings.  By all means, read the books…but if you watch these YouTube clips, I think you’ll see what I mean.  My favorite stories have history, action, adventure, romance, and danger.  This one has them all.  Enjoy!

(None of these clips are mine, but they were all found on YouTube. There’s a bit of overlap between the first and second.)