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14th Jul '17 11:25:45 AM xcountryguy
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** Anglachel also fulfills the 'evil' or at least dark requirement; it is quite happy to [[spoiler: take Túrin's life when the hero commits suicide, out of a combination of native darkness and bitterness for Túrin accidentally murdering its previous wielder.]]
*** It was prophesied in an early version of ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' that Túrin will use it to kill [[spoiler: Morgoth]] in the final battle for Arda, though.

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** Anglachel also fulfills the 'evil' or at least dark requirement; it is quite happy to [[spoiler: take [[spoiler:take Túrin's life when the hero commits suicide, out of a combination of native darkness and bitterness for Túrin accidentally murdering its previous wielder.]]
*** It was prophesied in an early version of ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' that Túrin will use it to kill [[spoiler: Morgoth]] [[spoiler:Morgoth]] in the final battle for Arda, though.



* The adventure novel ''Literature/{{Riptide}}'' is based around the search for a treasure trove that includes the legendary sword of St. Michael, said to have been forged of meteoric metal and to have killed everyone who possessed it. [[spoiler: This turns out to be true - the meteoric metal is heavily irradiated.]]

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* The adventure novel ''Literature/{{Riptide}}'' is based around the search for a treasure trove that includes the legendary sword of St. Michael, said to have been forged of meteoric metal and to have killed everyone who possessed it. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This turns out to be true - the meteoric metal is heavily irradiated.]]
5th Jul '17 4:10:09 PM WillKeaton
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* Invoked with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stellite Stellite]], a superalloy produced by Deloro Stellite Company. It's ''hard'' and can take a ''lot'' of heat without weakening. Some applications include saw teeth, racing engine valves, machine gun barrels, and drill bits for metal cutting machines.

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* Invoked with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stellite Stellite]], Stellite,]] a superalloy produced by Deloro Stellite Company. It's ''hard'' and can take a ''lot'' of heat without weakening. Some applications include saw teeth, racing engine valves, machine gun barrels, and drill bits for metal cutting machines.



* 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''

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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]], Set,]] a pair of [[CoolGuns 1911 pistols]] constructed primarily from meteorite iron. Asking price? ''$4.5 million''
11th Jun '17 12:09:42 AM UltramanGaia
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* The weapons wielded by the Miroku Clan (The Miroku 7 and the Drei Ritter) in ''GetBackers'' are mentioned to have been made from a meteorite that crashed in mount Asuka-Miwa, and all are very heavy.
9th May '17 8:24:56 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' backstory, the [[OurElvesAreDifferent Ayleids (Wild Elves)]] of Cyrodiil were said to consider star light as the most "sublime" form of magic and venerated anything which fell from the heavens, particularly [[MagicMeteor meteorite iron]], which they used to craft their Ayleid Wells. Through an unknown means which no extant race has been able to replicate, the Wells channel magicka from the stars and can transmit it to mages.
29th Apr '17 10:56:26 PM Xtifr
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** ''Blood and Iron'' by Elizabeth Bear.

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** ''Blood and Iron'' by Elizabeth Bear.Creator/ElizabethBear.
17th Apr '17 1:53:24 PM Astaroth
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* ProudWarriorRaceGuy Oengus in ''Videogame/ChiildOfLight'' claims that his people forged swords with metal mined from "the frozen tails of comets".

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* ProudWarriorRaceGuy Oengus in ''Videogame/ChiildOfLight'' ''Videogame/ChildOfLight'' claims that his people forged swords with metal mined from "the frozen tails of comets".
17th Apr '17 1:52:50 PM Astaroth
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* ProudWarriorRaceGuy Oengus in ''Videogame/ChiildOfLight'' claims that his people forged swords with metal mined from "the frozen tails of comets".
20th Feb '17 2:00:23 PM RichardX1
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* A second-season episode of ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'' reveals that the Black Lion (and possibly the others; the dialogue and visuals were vague in that respect) was forged from the materials of a comet that collided with [[spoiler:the Galra homeworld]].
18th Feb '17 10:33:57 AM fusilcontrafusil
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[[folder:Mythology and 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.



[[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'').
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