When we think about children’s books, we think in terms of interesting characters and compelling stories. So while the focus of children’s books is not on weapons, some of the tales taking place in fantasy settings, have magical weapons that play an important part of the story. After all, T.H. White’s ‘The Sword in the Stone’ might have been a rather dull book if Arthur was never able to draw Excalibur from the stone. Compiled below are some famous weapons from children’s books.
The villain in J.M. Barrie’s book ‘Peter Pan’ is the demented Captain Hook. He is played by Dustin Hoffman in the movie version by Amblin Entertainment & TriStar Pictures ‘Hook’.
One of the heroes from Grimms’ Fairy Tales is the Huntsman. He is played by Chris Hemsworth in the movie version by Roth Films & Universal Pictures ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’. Disney’s 1937 version was ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’.
One of Arthur’s helpers in Luc Besson’s book ‘Arthur and the Minimoys’ is the diminutive but unquenchable Prince Betameche. He has an amazing multi-function pocket knife. Betameche is voiced by Jimmy Fallon in the movie version by EuropaCorp & Avalanche Productions ‘Arthur and the Invisibles’.
The villain in C.S. Lewis’ book ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ is the powerful Ice Queen. She has two swords, can turn opponents to stone, and rides in a war chariot pulled by polar bears. She is played by Tilda Swinton in the movie version by Walt Disney Pictures & Walden Media ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’.
One of Prince Westley’s allies in William Goldman’s book ‘The Princess Bride’ is the tragic Inigo Montoya, famous for telling the sword-stealing murderer of his father, “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” He is played by Mandy Patinkin in the movie version by Act III Communications & Buttercup Films Ltd.
The hero of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ is the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, who finds the elf dagger Sting in a troll hoard, and uses it to good effect in protecting his dwarf companions as they journey to the Lonely Mountain to face Smaug the dragon. He is played by Martin Freeman in the movie version by New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer & WingNut Films ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’.
The villain in L. Frank Baum’s ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ is the Wicked Witch of the West. Her magical broom enables her to fly, and she also uses it to spread fire and smoke. She is played by Margaret Hamilton in the 1939 movie version by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer & Loew’s ‘The Wizard of Oz’.
The hero of Suzanne Collins’ ‘The Hunger Games’ is Katniss Everdeen, who is a highly proficient archer. At the capitol, she acquires a high-tech bow and arrow set. She is played by Jennifer Lawrence in the movie version by Lion’s Gate & Color Force.
The hero Percy Jackson of Rick Riordan’s ‘Percy Jackson & the Olympians’ is the son of the Greek God Zeus, and must recover the stolen lightning bolt of Zeus. He is played by Logan Lerman in the movie version by Fox 2000 Pictures, 1492 Pictures & Big Screen Productions ‘Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief’.
The hero of J.K. Rowlings’ ‘Harry Potter’ series is the boy wizard Harry Potter. Harry’s magic wand enables him to cast spells. He is played by Daniel Radcliffe in the movie series by Warner Bros., Heyday Films & 1492 Pictures, the first of which is ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’.