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Atlantean Sword and Torc by phoenixtattoos Atlantean Sword and Torc by phoenixtattoos
My Atlantean Sword, a replica from the movie Conan the Barbarian all the way from Toledo Spain and my Celtic Torc

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Depictions of the gods and goddesses of Celtic mythology frequently show them wearing torcs. The famous Roman copy of the original Greek sculpture The Dying Gaul depicts a wounded Gallic warrior naked except for a torc. Examples have been discovered in Britain and Europe during archaeological surveys.[1] A 1st century BC example is the Snettisham Torc found in southwestern Norfolk.

It was said by some authors that the torc was an ornament for women until the 4th century BC, when it became an attribute of warriors.[citation needed] An example of a torc owned by a woman is the gold torc from the La Tene period chariot burial of a princess, found in Waldalgesheim, Germany, and another found in a woman's grave at Reinheim. Another La Tene example was found as part of a hoard buried near Erstfeld.[3] The famous heavy silver "bull torc" found in Trichtingen, Germany, dates to the 2nd century BC.

The torc was a sign of nobility and high social status: a decoration awarded to warriors for their deeds in battle, as well as a divine attribute, since some depictions of Celtic gods wear one or more torcs. Images of the god Cernunnos wearing one torc around his neck, with torcs hanging from his antlers or held in his hand, have been found.

The Roman consul Titus Manlius in the 340s BC challenged a Gaul to single combat and killed him, and then took his torc. Because he always wore it, he received the nickname Torquatus (the one who wears a torc). After this, Romans adopted the torc as a decoration for distinguished soldiers and elite units during Republican times.


[edit] Modern torcs
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:icongurdim:
Gurdim Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Great, Conan sword :D

I saw the original movie some hours ago xD (not the meh remake of the last years)

I always thought 2 things about the Atlantean Sword

1 it's cool but in Schwartzie's hands looked like a toy, so big HE was xD

2 I always wondered about the cool but impractical golden "frames" that take away part of the blade lenght, but i found a thing... few time ago i saw pics of found ... uhm i think they were Longobard or Pre-viking swords, and all  that was left of em, as usual, was the hilt, the pommel, the very ruined blade... AND in the closest-to-the-hilt part of this last, there were metallic stuffs resembling the conan's sword ones... and then i discovered they aren't actually part of the sword, but of the SCABBARD, and in the pic they were put on the blade probably to show where they should have been if there was a scabbard anymore at all XD

i'm not sure if it's the source of the Atlantean Sword design, but i think it's possible :P

Btw great sword and cool torque :D
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:icongreydragonknight:
greydragonknight Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
I have the exact same torc, Crafty Celts strikes again
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:iconphoenixtattoos:
phoenixtattoos Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
haha exactly my friend, i searched the net and that seemed to be the only place that wasnt fucken mental expensive
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Nightrougue Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
thank you for explaining that about the torc. I had been wondering.
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:iconphoenixtattoos:
phoenixtattoos Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem, its cool huh, i should start wearing it again
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:iconnightrougue:
Nightrougue Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
Yeah right? It's kind of fun. I actually made one out of just some wire the other day.
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Nekomori Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
Dude, awesome sword. I like the shot =O amazing job
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:iconphoenixtattoos:
phoenixtattoos Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks, ill get a whole shot of the sword soon
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:iconeza-eza-eza:
eza-eza-eza Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
hell yeah i want it haha! :jedi: swords are the best!
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:iconphoenixtattoos:
phoenixtattoos Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
fucken a, right beside bows huh
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