I watched “Jason and the Argonauts” over the weekend. I made note that the skeletons were hard to kill. I had edged versus blunt weapons in the back of my mind as I watched the three men battle seven skeletons.
I can see how this would have influence Gary Gygax in his description of skeletons.
I wondered that since these were from hydra teeth if there were more than just mere animated dead, but somehow required a magic weapon to hit or something. I noticed that at least one had the skull knocked off and it appeared to go down, but it was not shown as staying down or not.
This gives me an idea for a twist on skeletons that may or may not be combined with a hydra’s teeth. I am not sure I will ever get to use such an idea, but it sounds like fun!