What kind of knight has no sword? Well, no kind of knight at all, at least according to the irrepressible Sir Terry Pratchett. With the assistance of friends, the author of the much beloved Discworld series, as well as scores of other books including works for children and adults, dug up his own iron deposits and smelted them into bars in makeshift kiln powered by sheep manure. According to Pratchett, the ore also included several chunks of meteorite, which the author called “Thunderbolt Iron.” In many ancient cultures iron from meteorites was considered to hold magical properties. The iron was then forged into a sword with the assistance of a blacksmith. The sword, according to the author, is currently being kept in an undisclosed location due to the UK’s stringent laws on knife ownership.
As Suvudu readers likely know, Sir Terry made news in 2007 when he announced that he had been diagnosed with a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Since that time, the author has been lobbying for increased research into the disease. His most recent book is I Shall Wear Midnight, to be released on September 28 of this year.