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Game Of Thrones: Why Jon Snow’s Sword Kicks White Walker Ass!
June 4, 2015 By Alex Eyre
Game of Thrones Season 5 Episode 9 White Walker Fight Explained.
So Game of Thrones is usually the talking point at the beginning on the week, but since last weeks “Hardhome,” episode finished in an epic battle between Jon Snow, his small band of Night’s Watch brothers, allied with the Wildlings, against an endless army of White Walkers, there has been only one question on everyone’s lips.
What the hell is Jon Snows sword (Longclaw) made of!!!
Considering the only things that are supposed to be able to kill or even wounding a White Walkers is Dragon Glass, how the hell was Jon Snow able to kill a White Walker with nothing but Longclaw, the sword given to him by Jeor Mormont.
Well it turns out Longclaw is one of the few known swords in Westeros made of the ancient metal called Valyrian steel. Valyrian steel is a metal of exceptional quality and for being incredibly sharp, strong and light. This metal does not dull or rust, keeping its sharp rippling pattern edge with no need for maintenance.
Right so now they know that Valyrian steel kills White Walkers, they can just make all their weapons from Valyrian steel yes? …Well No. Apparently the only people who could make this miracle metal where the Valyrians, but after Doom destroyed the freehold this knowledge was lost to the sands of time.
However Jon Snow does not possess the only Valyrian steel sword in Westeros’ ohhh no, it seems that most of Westeros’ great old houses have had Valyrian steel swords passed down for generations, most have been lost through the ages but some are their whereabouts are known.
Along with Jon snows Valyrian sword, Longclaw.
There is Ned Stark’s sword, Ice, but following Robb Stark death, Tywin Lannister melted down this sword into two smaller swords. One was given to Jaime Lannister, who passed it on to Brienne of Tarth, who then give it the name Oathkeeper. The second was bestowed upon the little **** Joffrey and names the Widow’s Wail, thankfully he was killed though and this sword was passed to his brother, King Tommen.
House Tarly, the house of Samwell Tarly, has the Heartsbane sword.
And if you cast your mind back to season one, remember the assassin who tried to kill Bran? Well his dagger was also made of Valyrian steel and once belonged to Petyr Baelish. This weapon was said to be lost to Tyrion Lannister in a bet before the assassination though, so its whereabouts are unknown for now.
Lastly the reason why Valyrian steel can kill the white walkers?
Well this is not really explained, actually it turns out that not even the white walkers know full why this metal is so harmful to them. But they were forged in a time of magic and dragons so we can assume this is a big part of it. Valyrian steel and dragon glass are both found in great quantities in Valyria, so we can only hope that the secret to forging Valyrian steel rests in obsidian. If not, the Night’s Watch and everyone else are pretty much f****d.
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