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This research is done on the series of books written by John Norman, the comments in italics are mine and my point of view.
Woman of Gor
Gorean Short Sword

I supposed one of the reasons for the short blade
was that it could clear the sheath a fraction of a
second before a longer blade. Another advantage
was that it could be moved with greater swiftness
than a longer blade. The primary advantage I
supposed was that it allowed the Gorean warrior to
work close to his man. The brief reach of the blade
tended to be more than compensated for by the
rapidity with which it might be wielded and the ease
with which it might work beneath the guard of a
longer weapon. If the swordsman with a longer
weapon could not finish the fight in the first thrust or
two he was a dead man. Priest-Kings of Gor, page 174
I had again my sword, that wine-tempered blade of fine, double-edged Gorean steel, carried even at the siege of Ar, so long ago,
with its scabbard
Raiders of Gor, page 68

. . .the blade of a Koroban short sword, with the edge that would divide silk dropped upon it. . . Nomads of Gor, Page 25

He then fetched a bit of oil and a sharpening stone from his things and, returning to his place, removed his sword from its scabbard.
He then, slowly, patiently, with great care, addressed himself to the blade. Gorean men usually sharpen their own swords. They
tend to trust the edge on the weapon to no one but themselves. Dancer of Gor, Page 459

I wore at my side a jeweled sword . . . no longer the sword I had worn. . .that old sword. . .plain pommel and unfigured blade. . .
Raiders of Gor, Page 213

It did not have the jeweled hilt or the figured blade of my admiral’s sword. . . Raiders of Gor, Page 296

I bit at the leather binding on the handle of the sword I carried. I tore loose a strip of it and, with this cordage, improvised a wrist
sling. Guardsman of Gor,Page 135

. . .his sword dangling from its wrist strap, commonly used by tarnsmen in flight. . . Captive of Gor, Page 259

The pommels of some swords are made, too, in such a way as to unscrew, revealing such a compartment. Mercenaries of Gor, Page

I drew my sword, lifting it easily from the sheath. It cleared the leather as easily and swiftly as a larl might have bared its fangs.
Priest-Kings of Gor, Page 174

Most Gorean scabbards are not moisture proof, as this would entail either too close a fit for the blade or an impeding flap. I slung
the scabbard strap over my left shoulder, in the Gorean fashion. In this way the scabbard, the blade once drawn, may be discarded,
with its strap, which accouterments, otherwise, might constitute an encumbrance in combat. On marches, incidentally, and in certain
other contexts, the strap, which is adjustable, is usually put over the right shoulder. This minimizes slippage in common and
recurrent motion. Savages of Gor, Page 13

Is it to that city that you pledge your life, your honor, and your sword?” asked my father. Tarnsman of Gor, Page 63

"Are you aware,” I asked, “that against you, on his sword and on the medallion of Ar, Marlenus swore the oath of disownment?”
Marauders of Gor, Page 12

Sword loyalty is a bond of fidelity sworn to the Ubar. Slave Girl of Gor, Page 114

The Taurentians had been disbanded, disgraced and exiled from the city. Only the day before their purple cloaks and helmets had
been taken from them before the great gate; their swords had been broken. . . Assassin of Gor, Page 392

I resheathed my sword, fastened my helmet over my shoulder, lifted my shield and spear and set out in the direction of the Sardar
Mountains. Nomads of Gor, page 5

I hung my helmet over my left shoulder with the sheathed short sword; on my left arm I bore my shield; in my right hand I carried
the Gorean war spear. Outlaw of Gor, page 45

Long sword

He wore beneath his cloak of yellow wool, and a great belt of glistening black, with a gold buckle, to which was attached a scabbard
of oiled, black leather; in this scabbard was a sword, a sword of Torvaldsland, a long sword, with a jeweled pommel, with double
guard. Marauders of Gor, page 172

“What do you expect to do with that paring knife?” asked Bjarni of Thorstein Camp, looking at me puzzled. He thought me mad.
“Your long sword,” I told him, “is doubtless quite useful in thrusting over the balwarks of ships. . .” Marauders of Gor, Page 148

“. . .the arc of your stroke is wider then mine, and your blade heavier.” Marauders of Gor ,Page 149


Djellabas and burnooses, sleeveless, hooded desert cloaks, were being sold in another stall. The burnoose can, as the djellaba
cannot, because of the sleeves, be thrown back, freeing the arms. One who rides the swift kaiila, who handles the scimitar and
lance, chooses the burnoose.  Tribesman of Gor, page 50

Silk, dropped upon the scimitar of the Tahari, divided, falls free, floating, to the floor. Tribesmen of Gor - Page 60

I observed the scimitar. It was a wickedly curved blade. Tribesmen of Gor, Page 120

The animal, at least four timesm had been struck, and with the razor-sharp scimitars of the Tahari.  Tribesmen of Gor - Page 123

In a saddle sheath, remaining there, was a longer weapon, a two-handed scimitar, the two-handed scimitarus, useful for reaching
other riders on tharlarion. Magicians of Gor, Page 90


“. . .the saber, incidentally, which would be somewhat more effective from kaiila back, is almost unknown on Gor. . .” Nomads of Gor,
Page 123

The saber, incidentally, is not only unpopular among the Wagon Peoples but among the warriors of Gor generally; it is regarded as
being too long and clumsy a weapon for the close, sharp combat so dear to the heart of the warrior of the cities; further it is not of
much use from the saddle of a tarn or tharlarion. Nomads of Gor, Page 124


Behind Lord Nishida, at the back of the platform, stood six "strange men," each armed with a glaive, the blade of which, socketed in
its stout pole, was some two-and-a-half feet in length, and curved. It was presumable infantry weapon. It could be used for either
thrusting or slashing. It would not be thrown. Whereas I would not have anticipated difficulty in getting behind one such weapon, it
would be exceedingly dangerous if there were two such weapons, as an aggressor would be likely to be vulnearble to the blow of
the second weapon. As a glaive is used most effectively forward or to the soldier's left, if the wielder is right handed, one would try
to keep to the wielder's right. Swordsmen of Gor, (E-book, location 3959 of 11941)

Other swords

Besides the ax, Alars are fond of the Alar sword, a long, heavy, double-edged weapon. Mercenaries of Gor, Page 45

It was a long, cutting sword, of the sort called a
spatha among the wagons. Mercenaries of Gor, Page 66

He also carried among his things the short,
stabbing sword, similar to the gladius, and doubtless related to it, called by his people
sacramasax. Mercenaries of Gor, Page 66

“Gron, bare chested, stood beside him, resting the point of a
great, long, curved sword on the tiles at his feet.” Fighting Slave of
Gor, Page 118


Equalling and perhaps exceeding the fame of Gladius of Cos was that of the swordsman Murmillius, of the cruel games observed in
the Stadium of Blades. Since the beginning of En'Kara he had fought more than one hundred and twenty times, and one hundred
and twenty foes had fallen before him, which, following his unusual custom, he had never slain, regardless of the will of the crowd.
Some of the best swordsmen of Ar, even Warriors of High Caste, eager to be the one to best the mysterious Murmillius, had dared
to enter the arena against him, but each of these bold gentlemen he seemed to treat with more scorn than his common foes,
playing with them and then, it seemed when he wished, disabling their sword arm, so cruelly that perhaps they might never again
be able to lift the steel. Condemned criminals and men of low caste, fighting for gold or freedom in the arena, he treated with the
harsh courtesies obtaining among sword brothers. The crowd, each time he fought, went mad with pleasure, thrilling to each ringing
stroke of steel, and I suspected that that man most adored in Ar was the huge, mysterious Murmillius, superb and gallant, a man
whose very city was unknown. Assassin of Gor, page 231
Weapons of Gor
Swords of Gor