Day 22 V is for Vorpal Blade

April 25, 2014
April 25, 2014

The term Vorpal Blade is from a line in the poem Jabberwocky from the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland sequel, Through the Looking Glass.

One, two! One, two! and through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

Vorpal is a nonsense word, but from the context of the poem, it is understood to be a blade capable of decapitation.

It entered the world of D&D meaning a magic sword with an increased tendency to decapitate one’s opponent, or to severe a limb.

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