Movies With Swords: Gladiator

When Gladiator first came out in May 2000, all my guy friends wanted to name their future first-borns Maximus. After convincing them that it was no longer 180 AD, and that it probably wasn’t a good idea, they agreed that perhaps the name Maximus wouldn’t have the same effect today as it did then. They still made me admit it was the coolest name I’d ever heard. It kind of was. After months of listening to them obsess about it, I sat down to watch the film and see for myself what all the fuss was about.

Well, it is EPIC. It’s truly a masterpiece. From the acting, to the directing, to the actual story, Gladiator was an instant classic the likes of Spartacus. I have no doubt this film will stand the test of time, and will be watched for generations to come.

A beloved film, even thirteen years later (has it been that long?) people’s eyes light up whenever it’s brought up in film discussions. A huge reason for this is that the costumes and weapons were so historically accurate. You really felt like you were in Roman times, you believed in Maximus’ struggle, and you wanted to own weapons like his.

You still can. Heavenly Swords has a selection of Greco-Roman items even Maximus would covet. Here’s a few to get you started:

Roman Hoplite Sword 30″

This crazy gorgeous replica is made of polished 440 stainless steel blade and pommel. Look at that detail! This was the sword of choice for gladiators who battled in the Coliseum. A beautiful show piece, mount it on your fireplace today!

Ornate Roman Gladiator Sword

This is another sword preferred by gladiators in battle. It is 39” long, with a 30” stainless steel blade, and it comes with an attractive and functional leather scabbard. A must-have for collectors who love the Roman period, historically accurate representations, or are just into well made sword replicas.

Roman Shield

Rectangular shields like this one were mainly used by the infantry. Its curved shape helped absorb strong blows. This particular shield is made of polished steel, with gold wings spread on a field of red. It is 20” wide and 36” long. It’s big. This massive shield is not only functional, but it’s perfect to complete your medieval décor. Roman swords over the fireplace, this shield on the wall. All you need is some dark wood furniture and you got yourself an impressive room.

Time travel is not possible (yet, as far as we know). But you can feel transported to different time with these items. Thanks to these replicas we can recreate a time period full of strife, but also progress. The film Gladiator is heart-breaking, but also triumphant in many ways, just like life. Maximus was faced with seemingly insurmountable odds, and he simply tried to do the best he could. Maybe that’s why we love the movie, because we see a little bit of ourselves in its main character.

 

New Cosplay Items

Heavenly Swords now has a new, growing Cosplay section!

Now you can don yourselves for conventions or shows as your favorite anime and video game characters with costumes like this sweet Bleach 1st Division Captain Yamamoto Genryuusai Shigekuine Cosplay Costume!

Enjoy our wide variety of selections in the following categories:

Our inventory is still growing so keep an eye on our site!

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Harry Potter – Gordic Gryffindor Sword

“Harry Potter, the boy who lived… come to die.” – Lord Voldemort, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Trailer

These chilling words coming from the mouth of Harry Potter’s arch nemesis, Voldemort, open up the action packed trailer for tonight’s midnight release, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.  Brace yourself for what looks like the battle of the century between Potter (played by Daniel Radcliffe) and “He Who Shall Remain Nameless.” 

This latest film is the penultimate of the series, the finale coming out July 15, 2011 (and judging by the film’s title, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this out).  Part 1 of the “Epic Finale” Starts tonight! Of course you’ve probably already heard about this event and are stoked to catch a seat in the theater tomorrow night (maybe you are already waiting in line as I write this).

Are you ready for the beginning of the end?  Check out this sweet Harry Potter Godric Gryffindor Sword!  This sword comes straight from the Chamber of Secrets and is the sword Harry beat Basilisk with and could definitely defeat Voldemort with too.

Sword Specs:

  • Overall Length: 41”
  • Blade Material: Stainless Steel
  • Comes with Scabbard

Harry Potter Official Site – Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows  – YouTube Trailer

Our little Harry Potter Corner of the Web – Harry Potter Weapons

Robin Hood Sword

The legend of the man who stole from the rich to give to the poor meets yet another twist of the storyline in the most recent film about Robin Hood, the prince of thieves. In Ridley Scott’s bloody tale of the account of how Robin Longstride (Robin Hood as we know him) became a hero, he is not so much a nobleman like most other versions of the well-known story portray him to be and he doesn’t steal from the rich to give to the poor either.

In this story of how the hero became an outlaw, during the time of war, Robin Longstride is an archer in the army of King Richard Coeur de Lion. He is a libertarian and a rebel striving to overcome high taxes and the scheme of the government which take away liberties of his own people. After a long story and several intense battles, Robin defeats the dangerous Godfrey who hoped to open doors for the French to more easily overtake England. Robin then becomes a hero, which is an apparent threat to King John, who declares him an outlaw, thus the beginning of the legend we all know.

Unleash the freedom fighter in you and pick up a Robin Hood Sword today! You can forever hold onto the memory of Robin of Locksley in your own home or office. This is a wonderful decoration piece as the blade is engraved with images of Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, and Little John. Comes with a display plaque.

Sword Specs:

  • Blade Length: 34″
  • Handle Length: 8”
  • Overall Length: 42″
  • Stainless Steel Blade

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Cool Links:

Robin Hood the Movie – Official Site for the Movie

Robin Hood on IMDB – Check out reviews, summary, synopsis and more about the newest version of Robin Hood, released in 2010!  (Also check out other Robin Hood titles!)

Veterans’ Day Swords

1917 Cutlass Sword by Cold Steel
Commemorate those who have fought for our country and who currently do this Veterans’ Day! What better way to do so than by purchasing a Military Weapon? Every time you walk into your display area you will remember those who have fought for our nation and have risked their lives for ours.

Top three picks today for swords:

33” US Sabre Sword – A solid brass hand guard and leather wrapped handle neatly fit this American beauty.

1875 Etched Historical Marine Sword by United Cutlery – This sword is phenomenal with a 420 J2 mirror-polished stainless steel blade with intricate etching. It features a molded rubber with twisted wire grip, cast metal parts, a chrome plated finish, and rat tail tang construction. This sword is truly beautiful.

1917 Cutlass Sword by Cold Steel – Features a slightly curved blade with images of sea battles. This was issued as a sidearm to enlist personnel until the beginning of WWII. A blued blade is prevented against rust and has an authentic feel.

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