- This is about the sword. For the fantasy novel, see The Sword of Shannara.
The Sword of Shannara is a legendary weapon with a wondrous history. It was forged by Urprox Screl, the finest smith in all the Southland, with aid from an Old World formula provided by the outcast Cogline and the magic of the Druid Bremen. The Eilt Druin medallion was forged into the hilt, and the truth of Druids past is infused within its blade. The Sword has the power to reveal the truth about anything, from a person to a magical force, the Sword has been interesting in the series as the only magic weapon which does not seem to be more addictive as the bearer uses it, this is probably due to the fact that the Sword shows only absolute truth and is useless when facing creatures such as Demons that are not lies. Bremen made the mistake of giving the sword to the Elven King, Jerle Shannara, instead of to the elven people; this led the people to believe that only the heir of Shannara had the right to wield the sword, making its power useless to all except his descendants. Jerle Shannara used the sword in the Second War of the Races against the Warlock Lord. He was unable to wield the talisman properly, and could not garner the Sword's full power. As a result, the Warlock Lord was beaten and the second War of the Races ended, but Brona escaped. The Sword was then placed in a block of Tre-Stone and taken to Paranor. It was later stolen by the Warlock Lord's minions, but then recovered by Jerle Shannara's last heir, Shea Ohmsford, who finally defeated the Warlock Lord. Shea then gave it to the city of Tyrsis, where it was kept in a vault for the next 300 years. It later disappeared, to be recovered by Par Ohmsford, who used it in battle with the Shadowen. The Sword was used next by Bek Ohmsford, who carried it during his journey to Parkasia. The Sword was then given to Grianne Ohmsford.
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