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18th Feb '17 10:33:57 AM fusilcontrafusil
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* The Ka'abah, the holiest site of Muslim pilgrimage, contains what is called Al-Hajar Al-Aswad (lit. "Black Stone"); most experts agree that it is probably a meteorite. Interestingly enough, the Ka'abah and the stone predate the founding of Islam by quite a bit and were both previously revered by Arabic tribal/animistic cultures. In Islam, the stone is said to have fallen to mark the first temple built on Earth for Adam, by God. Said to be lost during the Great Flood of Noah, it was rediscovered by Abraham and put into place there, as Abraham was the one who originally built the Ka'abah (along with Ishmael). The stone has great significance, and one popular narrative tells how, after the rebuilding of the Ka'abah, the Quraish tribes of Mecca disputed about whose tribe was the most suited to carry the Stone. To settle this, they decided that whomever entered the meeting room next should decide it. The person who entered was Muhammad ibn Abdullah, later Prophet of Islam. He decided that all the tribal leaders would hold a cloth so that they could collectively move the Black Stone together to its original place. It worked, and crisis was averted.
** Even now, the Black Stone is a point of reverence for nearly every pilgrim that comes to the Ka'abah. However, no power nor miracles are ascribed to it by most Muslims. A famous saying by Umar, the Third Caliph, even goes so far as to claim that, were it not for the Prophet's habit of kissing it during pilgrimage or pointing at it, he would not have done so himself.



[[folder:Religion]]
* The Ka'abah, the holiest site of Muslim pilgrimage, contains what is called Al-Hajar Al-Aswad (lit. "Black Stone"); most experts agree that it is probably a meteorite. Interestingly enough, the Ka'abah and the stone predate the founding of Islam by quite a bit and were both previously revered by Arabic tribal/animistic cultures. In Islam, the stone is said to have fallen to mark the first temple built on Earth for Adam, by God. Said to be lost during the Great Flood of Noah, it was rediscovered by Abraham and put into place there, as Abraham was the one who originally built the Ka'abah (along with Ishmael). The stone has great significance, and one popular narrative tells how, after the rebuilding of the Ka'abah, the Quraish tribes of Mecca disputed about whose tribe was the most suited to carry the Stone. To settle this, they decided that whomever entered the meeting room next should decide it. The person who entered was Muhammad ibn Abdullah, later Prophet of Islam. He decided that all the tribal leaders would hold a cloth so that they could collectively move the Black Stone together to its original place. It worked, and crisis was averted.
** Even now, the Black Stone is a point of reverence for nearly every pilgrim that comes to the Ka'abah. However, no power nor miracles are ascribed to it by most Muslims. A famous saying by Umar, the Third Caliph, even goes so far as to claim that, were it not for the Prophet's habit of kissing it during pilgrimage or pointing at it, he would not have done so himself.
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18th Feb '17 10:33:20 AM fusilcontrafusil
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* The PublicDomainArtifact [[ExcaliburInTheStone Excalibur/Caliburn/Caledfwlch]] is often portrayed as being made of ThunderboltIron, although there isn't any justification for this in older sources. Works where this is the case include:
** The novel (later film) ''Literature/TheLastLegion''.
** Jack Whyte's Camulod series.
** ''Blood and Iron'' by Elizabeth Bear.
** ''Literature/TheMistsOfAvalon'' by Creator/MarionZimmerBradley.



[[folder:Mythology]]
* The PublicDomainArtifact [[{{Excaliburn}} Excalibur/Caliburn/Caledfwlch]] is often portrayed as being made of ThunderboltIron, although there doesn't seem to be much justification for this in older sources. Presumably, its been conflated with Clarent, directly below. Works where this is the case include:
** The film ''The Last Legion''.
** Jack Whyte's Camulod series.
** ''Blood and Iron'' by Elizabeth Bear.
** ''The Mists of Avalon'' by Marion Zimmer Bradley.
* Excalibur's brother sword, Clarent, which was the SwordInTheStone in ''The Alliterative Morte Arthure'', is another example in some sources. A meteor, in the shape of a red dragon's head - a red dragon being the symbol of Briton, and especially Wales - fell to earth, landing just as Uther, father of Arthur, was given command of an army after its commander had fallen. Merlin took this as a sign that Uther was destined to be King of All the Britons, had the meteor's metal forged into the magic sword, Clarent, and gave Uther the surname, Pendragon (Welsh for ''dragon head'').
7th Dec '16 8:50:14 PM iroanxi
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* In ''FanFic/RobbReturns'', Dawn is this, as per canon. [[DropTheHammer The Fist of Winter]] and [[CoolSword Stormbreaker]], too.
** Tobho Mott tells Robert there might be other similar weapons: the Tyrells should have a lance, and the Lannisters both an axe and twin daggers.
6th Nov '16 8:02:07 PM SasquatchJim
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*In one of the most [[UpToEleven ungodly expensive]] examples of this trope, we have Cabot Guns' [[http://cabotgun.com/oak-collection/the-big-bang-pistol-set/#1 Big Bang Pistol Set]], a pair of [[CoolGuns 1911 pistols]] constructed primarily from meteorite iron. Asking price? ''$4.5 million''
28th Oct '16 1:59:51 PM Morgenthaler
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* The steel swords that [[TheWitcher Witchers]] carry (in the books and video game of the same name) are crafted of meteorite steel. However, Geralt does quite sarcastically explain in ''Season of Storms'' that attributing any magical qualities to meteorite ore is astrology-like pseudo-science and they are not magical in any way. They are simply excellent swords made with advanced smithing methods.

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* ''Literature/TheWitcher'': The steel swords that [[TheWitcher Witchers]] Witchers carry (in the books and video game of the same name) are crafted of meteorite steel. However, Geralt does quite sarcastically explain in ''Season of Storms'' that attributing any magical qualities to meteorite ore is astrology-like pseudo-science and they are not magical in any way. They are simply excellent swords made with advanced smithing methods.
28th Oct '16 1:58:31 PM Morgenthaler
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* Thorn, one of the three titular swords that serve as {{MacGuffin}}s in Tad Williams' trilogy ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'' is made of meteoric iron.
* In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' and ''TheMalloreon'' by Creator/DavidEddings, the main character's {{BFS}} is made of meteoric iron. Granted, having the single most powerful magical artifact in all of existence stuck onto its hilt would have made that sword inconceivably dangerous even if it had been made of a wire frame wrapped in aluminum foil, but a sword made of any other material would have shattered when the orb was placed in the pommel. Also, [[BecauseDestinySaysSo It Was Meant To Be]]. (The only reason Garion can wield or even lift it is because said artifact is magically removing most of its weight. At one point, when required to remove the Orb from the pommel, the suddenly-returned real weight of the sword strapped across his back almost drives him to his knees before he can unbuckle it, sending it crashing to the floor.)

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* Thorn, one of the three titular swords that serve as {{MacGuffin}}s in Tad Williams' trilogy ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'' ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' is made of meteoric iron.
* In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' and ''TheMalloreon'' ''Literature/TheMalloreon'' by Creator/DavidEddings, the main character's {{BFS}} is made of meteoric iron. Granted, having the single most powerful magical artifact in all of existence stuck onto its hilt would have made that sword inconceivably dangerous even if it had been made of a wire frame wrapped in aluminum foil, but a sword made of any other material would have shattered when the orb was placed in the pommel. Also, [[BecauseDestinySaysSo It Was Meant To Be]]. (The only reason Garion can wield or even lift it is because said artifact is magically removing most of its weight. At one point, when required to remove the Orb from the pommel, the suddenly-returned real weight of the sword strapped across his back almost drives him to his knees before he can unbuckle it, sending it crashing to the floor.)



* The panserbjørne ([[BearsAreBadNews armored bears]]) from ''HisDarkMaterials'' are a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race]] that focus their whole culture around "sky-iron". Specifically, they beat massive suits of plate armor out of the metal without heating. The armor then becomes a sort of iconic possession/"external soul" similar to the traditions around {{Samurai}}s' weaponry.

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* The panserbjørne ([[BearsAreBadNews armored bears]]) from ''HisDarkMaterials'' ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' are a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race]] that focus their whole culture around "sky-iron". Specifically, they beat massive suits of plate armor out of the metal without heating. The armor then becomes a sort of iconic possession/"external soul" similar to the traditions around {{Samurai}}s' weaponry.
28th Oct '16 1:57:59 PM Morgenthaler
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* The town of Series/TerraNova is heavily dependent on meteoric iron, and rebel forces control the quarry. Digging for other deposits would somewhat defeat the purpose of the mission, which is to avoid the industrialization that ruined the future.

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* ''Series/TerraNova'': The town of Series/TerraNova Terra Nova is heavily dependent on meteoric iron, and rebel forces control the quarry. Digging for other deposits would somewhat defeat the purpose of the mission, which is to avoid the industrialization that ruined the future.
28th Oct '16 1:57:21 PM Morgenthaler
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* The ''{{Redwall}}'' books have the ([[ReforgedBlade reforged]]) Sword of Martin the Warrior, forged from a meteorite; just for extra kick, its blacksmith spoke the name of every hero he could think of [[AndThisisFor as he beat it into shape]], naming Martin himself with the final hammer strike.

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* The ''{{Redwall}}'' ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' books have the ([[ReforgedBlade reforged]]) Sword of Martin the Warrior, forged from a meteorite; just for extra kick, its blacksmith spoke the name of every hero he could think of [[AndThisisFor as he beat it into shape]], naming Martin himself with the final hammer strike.



* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', the greatsword Dawn is thought to be forged from a fallen star. The blade is handed down to members of the noble House Dayne, and a wielder of the blade is always called the Sword of the Morning. The world of the series also features particularly sharp and strong blades believed to be forged by magic, but Dawn seems to be held in even greater respect. A previous Sword of the Morning once dueled a notorious bandit knight and hacked the bandit's first sword to bits, showing that Dawn is indeed something special.

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* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the greatsword Dawn is thought to be forged from a fallen star. The blade is handed down to members of the noble House Dayne, and a wielder of the blade is always called the Sword of the Morning. The world of the series also features particularly sharp and strong blades believed to be forged by magic, but Dawn seems to be held in even greater respect. A previous Sword of the Morning once dueled a notorious bandit knight and hacked the bandit's first sword to bits, showing that Dawn is indeed something special.



* In Creator/FredSaberhagen's ''[[BooksOfSwords Swords]]'' series, the Twelve Swords were all forged from meteoric metal by Vulcan.

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* In Creator/FredSaberhagen's ''[[BooksOfSwords ''[[Literature/BooksOfSwords Swords]]'' series, the Twelve Swords were all forged from meteoric metal by Vulcan.



* In ''TheGodEngines'' by Creator/JohnScalzi, weapons tipped with "single-made" iron (''meteoroidic'' iron collected from deep space) are capable of killing [[WizardsFromOuterSpace the lesser gods used by the humans to power their starships]]. Second-made iron (single-made iron reforged by a smithy, or meteoric iron found on the ground) wounds them, while third-made iron items (meteoric iron reshaped in a forge) can only restrain them. One of [[TheCaptain the protagonist's]] crewmen finds out [[TheDogBitesBack in a most unpleasant manner]] that the quartermaster who provided the pikes used to discipline the ship's power source skimped on the second-made. After he is taken away to the healers, the captain brings out a whip studded with single-made iron[[note]][[{{Squick}} and made from another god's skin and bones]][[/note]] and proceeds to ''[[WhipItGood lay down the law]]''.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/TheDevilInIron", enabling the Slave Revolt:

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* In ''TheGodEngines'' ''Literature/TheGodEngines'' by Creator/JohnScalzi, weapons tipped with "single-made" iron (''meteoroidic'' iron collected from deep space) are capable of killing [[WizardsFromOuterSpace the lesser gods used by the humans to power their starships]]. Second-made iron (single-made iron reforged by a smithy, or meteoric iron found on the ground) wounds them, while third-made iron items (meteoric iron reshaped in a forge) can only restrain them. One of [[TheCaptain the protagonist's]] crewmen finds out [[TheDogBitesBack in a most unpleasant manner]] that the quartermaster who provided the pikes used to discipline the ship's power source skimped on the second-made. After he is taken away to the healers, the captain brings out a whip studded with single-made iron[[note]][[{{Squick}} and made from another god's skin and bones]][[/note]] and proceeds to ''[[WhipItGood lay down the law]]''.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/TheDevilInIron", enabling the Slave Revolt:
16th Sep '16 2:40:20 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** The iron used to shoe Death's horse is never named, but is basically the next level of the same thing. Unlike normal iron it can be taken even into the refuge of the King of the Elves, and Nanny uses it to intimidate him.
8th Aug '16 6:03:28 PM jormis29
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* Aptly-named "Star Iron" in the SteamPunk fantasy role-playing game ''Castle Falkenstein'' is special because it is devoid of magical energy, unlike most iron on Earth, which is saturated with it from all the magical things going on. [[AntiMagic This means it can break nearly any spell with a touch.]] It is deadly to Faerie for the same reason.
* ''{{Exalted}}'' has starmetal, one of the five magical materials. The Sidereal Exalted get the most use out of starmetal, but that's because they serve Heaven; the "star" in question is the star that represents a god's station, which falls from the heavens when they die. Seeing as the metal can only be obtained by ''killing a god'', what little there is is used sparingly. It's rather surprising there is not more evil to it, as there is a tendency towards the gods being executed sometimes unjustly for the purpose of getting the metal.

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* Aptly-named "Star Iron" in the SteamPunk fantasy role-playing game ''Castle Falkenstein'' ''TabletopGame/CastleFalkenstein'' is special because it is devoid of magical energy, unlike most iron on Earth, which is saturated with it from all the magical things going on. [[AntiMagic This means it can break nearly any spell with a touch.]] It is deadly to Faerie for the same reason.
* ''{{Exalted}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has starmetal, one of the five magical materials. The Sidereal Exalted get the most use out of starmetal, but that's because they serve Heaven; the "star" in question is the star that represents a god's station, which falls from the heavens when they die. Seeing as the metal can only be obtained by ''killing a god'', what little there is is used sparingly. It's rather surprising there is not more evil to it, as there is a tendency towards the gods being executed sometimes unjustly for the purpose of getting the metal.
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