Double Elven Sword Trouble…

In keeping with my current theme of blogging fictional swords, I decided to blog about not one, but two swords, this time. Anyone who is is familiar with the works of writer R. A. Salvatore will no doubt also be familiar with a drow called Drizzt Do’Urden.

Now your stereotypical Drow is not known for eliciting particularly warm and fuzzy feelings. In fact your average drow is an evil black elf who would just as soon cut your heart out with a used rusty spoon than look at you. Probably what Galadriel might have become, had she failed the test of the ring, and taken the ring from Frodo in the Lord of the Rings. But, as usual, I digress.

Drizzt Do’Urden was a unique drow. Unique primarily because he set aside the evil ways of the drow, but more importantly for our purposes, because of a pair of special swords he carried, called Icingdeath and Twinkle. I recently found that numerous places had manufactured replicas Icingdeath and Twinkle swords based on the book. In all honesty the idea was great, and the quality of most of these replicas aren’t bad. I find, however, that I have a few problems with the way in which Icingdeath and Twinkle have been represented.

Icingdeath & Twinkle

Drizzt Icingdeath & Twinkle Scimitars
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First and foremost, these supposed reproductions are NOT Scimitars. The reproductions have more in common with a Ninjato than a scimitar. R. A. Salvatores books clearly describe curved weapons. As with the so-called Uruk-Hai “scimitars”, there is no curve in the spine of the sword at all, just a sweeping point on the blade. The first misrepresentation seems to occur where the misguided book illustrators, who, for reasons unknown, chose to draw straight swords rather than Scimitars! The rest is unfortunate history. Bah Humbug!

I also take issue with one of the names. I’ll Grant you, ICINGDEATH is all that and the iceman cometh to hades on a Monday. But Twinkle? TWINKLE?? What kind of a name is TWINKLE for a sword? How do you go from ICINGDEATH to TWINKLE? Sounds like the kind of sword a little ninja faery would use! How could you show up at a Drow convention with a sword called Twinkle? That would just be too embarrassing.

I take that back. It would be even worse to be a foe that has been defeated by Twinkle. Shoot, if Drizzt had faced Errtu with Twinkle alone, he’d have been a cooked Drow. Just imagine how it would have gone. Big, bad Errtu shows up and Drizzt is like “Say hello to my Twinkly Little friend!!” NOT! Icingdeath is where it’s at.

But, girly names and physical inaccuracies aside, these are a very beautiful pair of swords. I wouldn’t mind owning the pair, just so long as nobody asked me what the one with the blue sapphire was called. I almost glad Drizzt ends up loosing Twinkle, even though he had to fall off a cliff to do so…oops! My bad… LOL…

Drizzt Do’Urdens Icingdeath & Twinkle Scimitars – [Medieval Weapon Art]

14 Responses to “Double Elven Sword Trouble…”

  1. 1 weirddreamer
    April 24, 2007 at 4:53 am

    OMG…a sword called twinkle…
    I know nothing about elven weapons and im not about to pretend I do but I know a nice pair os swords when i see them and they look pretty nice. However…a sword named twinkle…that doesnt bode well with me…

  2. April 25, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    LOL, yeah, it’s like building an electrically operated .50cal, 600 round per minute auto cannon, then naming it… The Fairy Duster…

    Just kill me now…

  3. 3 weirddreamer
    April 28, 2007 at 2:56 am

    Lmao! thats funny!

  4. 4 brandonhopper
    March 12, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    nice phyreblade very nice but 2 things first drizzits reputation precedes him so it dosnt matter what his swords name is and second think of it like this drizzit comes up and is like feel the rath of twinkle and while his enem is rolling on the ground from laughter he stabs them (how do you think he go his rep.?lol) but ya thats my thot not that it seems neone reads this

  5. March 12, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    OK, so I’ll give you that Drizzt is pretty deadly regardless of what his weapons are called. I make no claims to counter his uncompromising lethality. And a vast nmajority of his foes die without ever knowing the names of the weapon that killed them, so that’s hardly an issue.

    All I’m saying is… Just in relation the macho, totally hard-core cold blooded killer Drow image… Couldn’t they have picked a more sinister sounding name? Is that expecting too much? 🙂

  6. 6 Niccolo
    April 26, 2008 at 1:05 am

    Actually, there’s a reason Twinkle is called thusly. It’s a very, very small mention (By the way he gets Twinkle back, bad luck) and that mention is… hell, I can’t remember where. But Twinkle sparkles. If the conditions are just right, then the surface sparkles like stars – hence, Twinkle. Because frankly, Sparkle is worse than Twinkle.

    But now, to add some more random crap to your pile there… read the description of the blades, and it notes that they have “Dark Elvish script” on their blades. Funnily enough, both of these blades retain their magical properties while exposed to sunlight, as Drizz’t has proven on numerous occasions – mostly by introducing their magically-powered steel to a foe – and therefore can’t be Dark elf magic, since sunlight destroys DE enchantments.

    But that’s just the geek in me talking there. As a fellow steel-nut, I have to say I actually despise these weapons, purely for the fact that they are ridiculously inaccurate. Well made, yes. Beautiful, hell yes. But to a person who’s a fan of canon-inity, just… no.

  7. April 29, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Hey Niccolo,

    Actually I do know why the swords are named as they are. I just always thought Salvatore could have come up with more sinister names… It’s just a personal crazy testosterone thing… LOL And yes, you and I agree on the inaccuracy of their design. Some other nut case kept arguing with me about it, for no good reason. Eventually I guess he decided I was an idiot and wasnt worth talking to. So in true idiot fashion, I deleted the whole conversation. Freakin’ fanbois…

  8. 8 Brad
    May 3, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    I realize that you know why Twinkle and Icingdeath are named as such, but I’m just going to put their names and the meaning behind them down here for anyone who has the misfortune of lacking that knowledge, and has the laziness to not go Google or Wikipedia it.

    Icingdeath: Drizzt’s first magical scimitar, he found it in a treasure pile that was-formerly-guarded by a fierce White Dragon named Icingdeath. The hilt is said to be shaped in the likeness of a black hunting cat, and the blade is edged with diamond. Icingdeath seems to have been forged deliberately to deal with demons and devils, as it immediately extinguishes any nearby flames, and on contact with fire, it’s wielder feels nothing except a slight warmth. Upon injuring any demonic being, the wound is immediately edged with ice, creating a sort of ‘frozen cauterization’ effect.

    Twinkle: Drizzt’s second magical scimitar, it was given to him by a powerful wizard. Forged by elves under sparkling starlight, when swung this scimitar leaves a twinkling blue trail in the air. It also seems to instantly and automatically block any incoming physical blow, often appearing ‘in a twinkle’.

    Personally, of the two I’ve always had a prefence for Icingdeath, but Twinkle doesn’t sound THAT bad once you know the meaning behind it’s name; a scimitar of starlight.

  9. 9 Niccolo
    May 3, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    Hehehe. I’ve always preferred Twinkle to Icingdeath… I dunno why. I’m weird that way.

  10. May 3, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    LOL see Brad, you just proved my point. Even “Starlight” would have been a better name… And you weren’t even trying…! Why do people give me such grief over this?!?!? 🙂

  11. 11 ChroniclerLoki
    September 21, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Technically as a magical blade Twinkle could possibly have named itself, I don’t recall reading about him naming them, I could be completely wrong on that point and please don’t hesitate to let me know, I haven’t read all the books in the series. Just because the blades have Dark Elvish script enscribed upon them doesn’t mean their enchantments were laid by the Drow, I mean Drizzt did get Icingdeath from the treasure pile of a dragon by the same name, It is possible that it was forged and enchanted by surface elves and then enscribed by a Drow before the split when the Drow moved underground, though the Drow have a history for chaos and evil it is possible that there were some that never made it into the history books for they like Drizzt were good rather than evil. But Drizzt seems destined to keep reminding the Drow of his presence whether he or they like it or not. They don’t give Rothe spit about what his swords are named, they just know that every Drow that has faced him in combat to try to take his life has fallen to them just as easily as if they had been named Mjolnir and Gungnir. Admittedly Twinkle makes a very weak .5 on the Mach-o-meter, but what it lacks in name it makes up for in speed, strength, and bloodshed.

  12. 12 BEAST
    November 11, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    As Twinkle was forged by surface elves, according to the novel The Halfling’s Gem, then its real name would almost certainly be Espruar (D&D Elvish). (Tolkien’s equivalent would be “Tintil”–have no idea what D&D’s version would be.) That could help minimize the feyness of the English/Common Speech translation “Twinkle”. “Bad guys, feast your eyes on your doom; I give you…Icingdeath, and Tintil!”

    BTW, the new book A Reader’s Guide to RAS’s The Legend of Drizzt tells us that the blade now known as Icingdeath was forged by a Zakharan (akin to a Persian, only in D&D terms), and then later enchanted and apparently re-forged by a baddie known as a Netherese (a shade wizard).

    It makes absolutely no sense why Drizzt would have his blades engraved in Drow script. He left the drow. He lives with dwarves. They should probably be marked with dwarven Dethek runes, if anything.

    Ultimately, like so many women, they are beautiful to look at–even if they’re not quite right…

  13. November 12, 2008 at 12:53 am

    AHA! Tintil! Tintil is much better! 🙂

    As to why Drizzt would have Drow script on his blades, well, he’s still a Drow. You can take the Drow out of the Underdark, but you can’t take the Underdark out of the… wait… never mind…

  14. August 5, 2013 at 9:59 am

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