Chapter Breakdown:
133

Motifs for "Weapon"

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H101.1 Identification by matching weapon with wound. Africa (Chaga): Stamberg ZsES XXI 296ff., Gutmann 82f. No. 41, (Ganda): Baskerville 1ff. H80 - 149 : Identification By Tokens.
C887 Tabu: being in same house with fire, weapon, dog. Irish: Cross. C830 - 899 : Unclassified Tabus.
F451.10.4 Dwarfs make weapons and other precious objects for the gods. (Cf. †F451.3.4.2.) Icelandic: MacCulloch Eddic 266. F400 - 499 : Spirits And Demons.
A992.2 Sacred place where thunderbolt fell down. Blinkenberg The Thunderweapon (Cambridge 1911); Handwb. d. Abergl. II 325 “Donnerkeil”. A950 - 999 : Land Features.
P310.4.1 Dying man asks friends to let his son inherit his friendship together with his father's weapons. Icelandic: Þiðriks saga II 358, Boberg. P300 - 399 : Other Social Relationships.
D1311.17 Divination by magic weapon. (Cf. †D1080.) D1300 - 1379 : Magic Objects Effect Changes In Persons.
A2461.3 Killer-whale uses dorsal fin as weapon. Joshua: Frachtenberg JAFL XXVIII 236. A2400 - 2499 : Causes Of Animal Characteristics: Appearance And Habits.
D451.6.3 Transformation: stick to weapon. Africa (Loango): Pechuël-Loesche 109. D450 - 499 : Transformation: Object To Object.
D1542.2.1 Sacred weapon thrown into sky causes drought. (Cf. †D1080.) Buddhist myth: Malalasekera I 293. D1300 - 1599 : Function Of Magic Objects.
T602 Weapons and horses procured for boy at his birth. Icelandic: Hervarar saga 85, Boberg. T600 - 699 : Care Of Children.
A157 Weapons of the gods. Buddhist myth: Malalasekera II 32, 965. A100 - 199 : The Gods In General.
A157.1.1 Thunderbolt as gods' weapon. Greek: Fox 159; Buddhist myth: Malalasekera I 214, 309, II 1060. A100 - 199 : The Gods In General.
F959.3.4 Weapon (missile) miraculously removed. F900 - 1099 : Extraordinary Occurrences.
D1610.9 Speaking weapon. (Cf. †D1080.) D1600 - 1649 : Automatic Magic Objects.
F628.2.7 Strong man uses man as weapon. Icelandic: *Boberg. F600 - 699 : Persons With Extraordinary Powers.
D2163.1 Broken weapons magically restored. (Cf. †D1080, †F1098, †H1023.8.) Irish: *Cross. D2150 - 2199 : Miscellaneous Magical Manifestations.
A285.1 Lightning weapon of the gods. Irish: Cross. A200 - 299 : Gods Of The Upper World.
M155.3 Vow never to flee from fire or weapon. Icelandic: Boberg. M100 - 199 : Vows And Oaths.
N386.2 Man pinned in bed by weapon caught in quilt. Irish: Cross. N300 - 399 : Unlucky Accidents.
F830 Extraordinary weapons. Irish: *Cross. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
F1084.2 Warriors use teeth after they exhaust weapons. Irish: Cross. F900 - 1099 : Extraordinary Occurrences.
H19.1.1 Recognition of reincarnated person by ability to identify former weapons. India: Thompson-Balys. H0 - 199 : Identity Tests: Recognition.
M341.2.0.1 Prophecy: death by particular weapon. Irish: *Cross. M300 - 399 : Prophecies.
P557.4.1 First to reach field of combat has choice of weapons. Irish: Cross. P500 - 599 : Government.
F839.6 Betelnut as weapon to strike off man's head. India: Thompson-Balys. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
D1385.23 Magic quilt protects wearer from demons and human weapons. (Cf. †D1167.) India: Thompson-Balys. D1300 - 1599 : Function Of Magic Objects.
F531.4.5.2 Giant with iron bar as weapon. Icelandic: *Boberg. F500 - 599 : Remarkable Persons.
K818.4 Deception by hiding weapons. India: Thompson-Balys. K800 - 999 : Killing Or Maiming By Deception.
F535.2.8 Little soldiers with officer on rabbit (long needles and knives for weapons). Chinese: Graham. F500 - 599 : Remarkable Persons.
M359.1 Prophecy: weapons with which man is killed will recount deed to his son. Irish: Cross. M300 - 399 : Prophecies.
D1601.4 Automatic weapon. (Cf. †D1081.) India: Thompson-Balys. D1600 - 1649 : Automatic Magic Objects.
M166.1 Vow never to give more than one blow in a fight and never to beat a fallen enemy nor take his weapons. Icelandic: Boberg. M100 - 199 : Vows And Oaths.
J642 Foolishness of surrendering weapons. J610 - 679 : Forethought In Conflicts With Others.
K929.11 Concealed weapons in food basket sent king: kills servant who opens it. India: Thompson-Balys. K800 - 999 : Killing Or Maiming By Deception.
A1142.5.1 Thunder caused by God beating his weapon. India: Thompson-Balys. A1100 - 1199 : Establishment Of Natural Order.
D1173 Magic carving knife. (Cf. †D1083.) Magic knife (weapon). English: Child I 266; Swiss: Jegerlehner Oberwallis 293 n. 1. D900 - 1299 : Kinds Of Magic Objects.
Q111.5 Giant gives gold, silver and weapon as reward for good advice. (Cf. †Q113.1, †Q114.) Icelandic: Örvar-Odds saga 124--125. Q100 - 199 : Nature Of Rewards.
F531.4.5 Giant's enormous weapons. F500 - 599 : Remarkable Persons.
A972.3.1.1 Indentions on rock from weapons (limbs) of robbers through power of saint. Irish: Cross. A950 - 999 : Land Features.
A524.2 Extraordinary weapons of culture hero. Irish: Cross. A500 - 599 : Demigods And Culture Heroes.
T615.5 Precocious young child demands weapons. (Cf. †T617.1.) India: Thompson-Balys. T600 - 699 : Care Of Children.
C835.2 Tabus concerning weapons. Irish: Cross. C830 - 899 : Unclassified Tabus.
D1841.5.1 Man proof against weapons. Irish: *Cross; Jewish: Neuman; Eskimo (Greenland): Holm 26, Rink 335. D1800 - 1949 : Lasting Magic Qualities.
D1841.5.2 Magic animal proof against weapons. Irish: *Cross; Eskimo (Cumberland Sound): Boas BAM XV 262. D1800 - 1949 : Lasting Magic Qualities.
F830.1 Silver weapon. Icelandic: Boberg. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
D2086.3 Weapons magically blown out of enemies' hands. Icelandic: *Boberg. D2050 - 2099 : Destructive Magic Powers.
P557.4.3 Choice of weapons alternates each succeeding day. Irish: Cross. P500 - 599 : Government.
K1792.2 Feigned ignorance about the whereabouts of hero's weapons and horse in order to keep him as monk. Icelandic: Boberg. K1700 - 1799 : Deception Through Bluffing.
V1.9.2 Worship of weapons. Irish: *Cross. V0 - 99 : Religious Services.
A739.9 Sun has weapons of iron to repel enemies. S. Am. Indian (Toba): Métraux MAFLS XL 19. A710 - 739 : The Sun.
P553.1 Poisoned weapons. Irish: Cross. P500 - 599 : Government.
D2107.1 Horse and weapons needed by hero are provided after incense is offered to Nandia, the Bull. India. Thompson-Balys. D2100 - 2149 : Other Manifestations Of Magic Power.
D452.1.11 Transformation: stones to weapons. Jewish: Neuman. D450 - 499 : Transformation: Object To Object.
F839.4 Human head as weapon. Irish: *Cross. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
N623 Lucky cast of spear (weapon). Irish: Cross. N600 - 699 : Other Lucky Accidents.
M212.1 Devil as helper of robber refuses to let women's ornaments be stolen. They are his own weapons. Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 86. M200 - 299 : Bargains And Promises.
T85.2 Princess hangs up weapons of dead lover as continual reminder. *Wesselski Mönchslatein 80 No. 69. T0 - 99 : Love.
H435 Weapon as chastity index. H400 - 459 : Chastity Tests.
D1655.1 Invisible weapons. (Cf. †D1080.) Hindu: Keith 152. D1600 - 1699 : Characteristics Of Magic Objects.
M234.2 Life spared for bringing a dreaded enemy without weapon. Icelandic: MacCulloch Eddic 83 f. (Thor and Loki). M200 - 299 : Bargains And Promises.
J621 Destruction of enemy's weapons. J610 - 679 : Forethought In Conflicts With Others.
D1653.1 Infallible weapon. *Hdwb. d. Abergl. III 2. D1600 - 1699 : Characteristics Of Magic Objects.
A972.5.4 Indentions on rocks from weapons, knees, and elbows (of persons slain by hero). Irish: Cross. A950 - 999 : Land Features.
F839 Other extraordinary weapons. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
D1402.7.0.1 Weapons magically venomous. (Cf. †D1080.) Irish: Cross (†D1402.19). D1400 - 1439 : Magic Object Gives Power Over Other Persons.
F628.5 Strong hero wields many weapons at once. Irish: *Cross. F600 - 699 : Persons With Extraordinary Powers.
F994.2 Chariots, stones, weapons join in keen at hero's death. Irish: Cross. F900 - 1099 : Extraordinary Occurrences.
K1839.6 Warriors whitewash weapons thus disguising identity of one of their number who bears white-handled battle-axe. Irish: *Cross. K1800 - 1899 : Deception By Disguise Or Illusion.
N339.8.1 Accidental death of father from fall into the fire when taking down weapons for his son. Icelandic: Boberg. N300 - 399 : Unlucky Accidents.
D1414.5 Magic garment makes weapons useless. (Cf. †D1052.) Jewish: Neuman. D1400 - 1439 : Magic Object Gives Power Over Other Persons.
F614.2.2 Strong man uses rafter as weapon. Icelandic: *Boberg. F600 - 699 : Persons With Extraordinary Powers.
B11.12.1 Dragon cannot be killed with weapons. Wesselski Mönchslatein 171 No. 136; Irish: Cross; Eng.: Baughman; Gaster Oldest Stories 69. B0 - 99 : Mythical Animals.
D1400.1.4 Magic weapon conquers enemy. (Cf. †D1080.) D1400 - 1439 : Magic Object Gives Power Over Other Persons.
F679.3 Man can walk (stand) on weapon edge (point) without injury. Can catch sharp edges without being cut. Irish: *Cross. F600 - 699 : Persons With Extraordinary Powers.
H101 Identification by broken weapon. Point of weapon broken off. Later found to match rest of weapon. English: Wells 80 (Sir Tristrem); Icelandic: Ragnarssaga Loðbrókar 118, Boberg; French Canadian: Barbeau JAFL XXIX 18f.; Indonesia: cf. De Vries's list No. 163. H80 - 149 : Identification By Tokens.
F614.2 Strong man uproots tree and uses it as weapon. *Type 650; Dickson 179 n. 47; Icelandic: *Boberg. F600 - 699 : Persons With Extraordinary Powers.
Z312 Unique deadly weapon. Only one thing will kill a certain man. *Dh II 211; *Wesselski Archiv Orientální II 430; Penzer VIII 109 n. 3; R. M. Meyer Archiv f. Religionsgeschichte (1907) 93ff. -- Irish: MacCulloch Celtic 151, *Cross; Icelandic: De la Saussaye 154, 156, *Boberg; N. A. Indian: *Thompson Tales 357 n. 287g; Africa (Cameroon): Ittman 77, (Swahili): Steere 441. Z300 - 399 : Unique Exceptions.
A157.1 Thunderweapon. Stone weapons (axes) brought down by thunderbolt (from Thunder God).--Blinkenberg The Thunder Weapon 1911; Hdwb. d. d. Aberglaubens II 325; Saintyves Corpus du Folklore Prehistorique en France et dans les Colonies Françaises (1934--36) I--III; J. Balys Tautosakos Darbai III 1937 223ff.; Jewish: *Neuman. A100 - 199 : The Gods In General.
N337 Accidental death through misdirected weapon. Irish: *Cross; Greek: Frazer Apollodorus II 63 n. 2; Buddhist myth: Malalasekera II 715; Africa (Fang): Tessman 135, (Congo): Grenfell 820. N300 - 399 : Unlucky Accidents.
D454.9 Transformation: weapon to other object. D450 - 499 : Transformation: Object To Object.
A1142 Origin of thunder. *Blinkenberg The Thunderweapon in Religion and Folklore (Cambridge 1911); *Saintyves Pierres magiques (Paris 1936); Flemish: DeMeyer FFC XXXVII 82 No. 9a.; India: Thompson-Balys; Jewish: Neuman.--Cook Group: Dixon 88; Eskimo (Cumberland Sound): Boas BAM XV 175, (Labrador): Hawkes GSCan XIV 153, (Cape York): Rasmussen III 62; Nootka: Sapir JAFL XXXII 354; S. Am. Indian (Cashinawa): Métraux BBAE CXLIII (3) 683f.; Africa (Angola): Chatelain 97, (Bushman): Bleek and Lloyd 113, Liberian: Bundy JAFL XXXII 422f. A1100 - 1199 : Establishment Of Natural Order.
Q552.1 Death by thunderbolt as punishment. *Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 458; *Blinkenberg The Thunderweapon in Religion and Folklore (Cambridge, Eng., 1911); *P. Saintyves Pierres magiques (Paris, 1936).--Irish: *Cross, Beal XXI 336, O'Suilleabhain 123; Finnish-Swedish: Wessman 18 Nos. 165, 173; Lithuanian: Balys Index No. 3267; Spanish Exempla: Keller; Greek: Frazer Apollodorus II 34 n. 2 (Iasion), 52 n. 2 (Asopus); Jewish: *Neuman. Q400 - 599 : Kinds Of Punishment.
A1459.1 Acquisition of weapons. Irish: Cross; Jewish: Neuman. A1400 - 1499 : Acquisition Of Culture.
K97.2 Combat won by means of substituted weapons. Zs. f. d. Phil. XXVI 12--13; Icelandic: *Boberg. K0 - 99 : Contests Won By Deception.
K2357.5 Weapons disguised permit entry to enemies' camp. Jewish: Neuman; Hawaii: Beckwith Myth 390. K2300 - 2399 : Other Deceptions.
H125 Identification by weapons. Icelandic: Boberg; India: Thompson-Balys. H80 - 149 : Identification By Tokens.
S22.3 Father learns that his son is planning to kill him. Gives his son a weapon to do so. Son repents. Italian Novella: Rotunda. S0 - 99 : Cruel Relatives.
D1653.1.8 Magic mirror as infallible weapon. (Cf. †D1080, †D1163.) Chinese: Werner 161. D1600 - 1699 : Characteristics Of Magic Objects.
K185.13 Deceptive land bargain: saints agree that the one who casts his staff far enough to reach distant island shall be owner of land. Staff of one contestant transformed to spear (or dart) and so alone reaches island. When saint touches weapon, it becomes staff again. Irish: Cross. K100 - 299 : Deceptive Bargains.
A1432.1.1 Iron at first was made for food, not for weapons. India: Thompson-Balys. A1400 - 1499 : Acquisition Of Culture.
K362.0.1 Unique weapon got by misrepresenting to guardian use to which it is to be put. Irish: Cross. K310 - 439 : Thefts.
A972.5.6 Hole in stone caused by weapon of warrior. Irish: Cross. A950 - 999 : Land Features.
C181.3 Tabu: women not to touch man's weapons. (Cf. †C835.2.)--*Krappe Études de Mythologie 115ff., Jewish: Neuman; Icelandic: Boberg. C100 - 199 : Sex Tabu.
D1654.4 Immovable weapon. D1600 - 1699 : Characteristics Of Magic Objects.
D2086 Weapons magically dulled. D2050 - 2099 : Destructive Magic Powers.
D2064.7 Magic sickness from bit of weapon left in head. Icelandic: Boberg. D2050 - 2099 : Destructive Magic Powers.
D1841.5 Invulnerability from weapons. Irish: Cross. D1800 - 1949 : Lasting Magic Qualities.
F839.5 Ball made of human brains as weapon. Irish: *Cross. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
N121.1.2 New-born child with a weapon and a game animal: fated to be hunter. Cheremis: Sebeok-Nyerges. N100 - 169 : Nature Of Luck And Fate.
J21.2.4 ”Do not uncover weapon in an assembly“: counsel proved wise by experience. India: Thompson-Balys. J0 - 199 : Acquisition And Possession Of Wisdom (Knowledge).
F1084.0.2 Weapons confined by flying nets of hair in furious battle. Irish: Cross. F900 - 1099 : Extraordinary Occurrences.
F614.2.1 Strong man uses pillar-stone as weapon. Irish: *Cross. F600 - 699 : Persons With Extraordinary Powers.
F531.4.5.1 Giant with iron club as weapon. Icelandic: *Boberg. F500 - 599 : Remarkable Persons.
F839.1 Gnawed bone as weapon. Icelandic: *Boberg. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
J246.2 Hero, despising weapons, fights with fists alone. Irish: *Cross. J230 - 299 : Real And Apparent Values.
B11.12.1.1 Dragon which cannot be killed with weapons is kicked in vulnerable spot. England: Baughman. B0 - 99 : Mythical Animals.
D1414 Magic object renders weapon useless. D1400 - 1439 : Magic Object Gives Power Over Other Persons.
D1564.7 Magic weapon (sword, axe) cuts hair (on water, in wind). Irish: *Cross. D1300 - 1599 : Function Of Magic Objects.
D2089.1 Man makes all of iron in enemy's storehouse disappear so weapons cannot be made. India: Thompson-Balys. D2050 - 2099 : Destructive Magic Powers.
D659.14 Transformation: woman to fly so as to help hero pick out weapons from among many. India: Thompson-Balys. D600 - 699 : Miscellaneous Transformation Incidents.
F451.3.2.1.1 Dwarf prevented from getting into his stone before sunrise till he promises to do what hero demands (especially forge weapons). (Cf. †D451.3.4.2, †D451.4.1.12, †F451.5.2.13.) Icelandic: *Boberg. F400 - 499 : Spirits And Demons.
K499.7 Gullible king gives large sums to minister for construction of imaginary weapon and then more to have it destroyed. India: Thompson-Balys. K440 - 499 : Other Cheats.
B338 Weapons made from bones of helpful horse. India: Thompson-Balys. B300 - 349 : Helpful Animals--General.
C835.2.5 Tabu: reddening weapons without satiety. Irish: Cross. C830 - 899 : Unclassified Tabus.
H345.1 Suitor test: lifting strong princess's giant weapon. *Type 519. H310 - 359 : Suitor Tests.
D1618.4 Weapons weep as warning to master. (Cf. †D1080.) Philippine (Tinguian): Cole 43. D1600 - 1649 : Automatic Magic Objects.
A671.2.2.2 River in hell filled with weapons. Icel.: MacCulloch Eddic 320, 321. A650 - 699 : Nature Of The Universe.
D1500.1.17 Magic weapon cures disease. (Cf. †D1080.) D1300 - 1599 : Function Of Magic Objects.
D1503.14 Wound healed by wounding weapon. (Cf. †D1080.) Greek: Grote I 268. D1300 - 1599 : Function Of Magic Objects.
F611.3.3 Strong hero tests weapons. Breaks first swords. *Von Sydow Fâvne 22ff.; Irish: Cross; Icelandic: Herrmann Saxo III 305, *Boberg. F600 - 699 : Persons With Extraordinary Powers.
M416 Curse given to negate good wish. Odin gives man life three times the normal; Thor ordains that in each he is to commit crime. Odin gives him the choicest weapons; Thor denies him landed property, etc. Icelandic: MacCulloch Eddic 73. M400 - 499 : Curses.
F451.5.2.13 Dwarfs curse weapons and treasures which they are forced to give (or which the receiver does not appreciate). Icelandic: MacCulloch Eddic 268, *Boberg. F400 - 499 : Spirits And Demons.
D1438 Magic weapon pursues victim. (Cf. †D1080.) D1400 - 1439 : Magic Object Gives Power Over Other Persons.
A137.14 God represented with weapon. Jewish: Neuman. A100 - 199 : The Gods In General.
P553 Weapons. Irish: Cross; Jewish: Neuman. P500 - 599 : Government.
A759.1 Moon has wooden weapons, therefore vulnerable. S. Am. Indian (Toba): Métraux MAFLS XL 19. A740 - 759 : The Moon.
D1080 Magic weapons. Irish: *Cross, Plummer clxxxv; Icelandic: *Boberg; English: Wells 132 (Sir Launfal); Jewish: Neuman; India: Thompson-Balys; Hindu: Keith 152; Chinese: Werner 161. D900 - 1299 : Kinds Of Magic Objects.
N339.8 Accidental death from fall on own weapon (shield). Irish: *Cross; Icelandic: Boberg. N300 - 399 : Unlucky Accidents.
C319.2 Tabu: seeing dead man not killed by weapons. Irish: Cross. C300 - 399 : Looking Tabu.
D1402.7 Magic weapon kills. (Cf. †D1080.) D1400 - 1439 : Magic Object Gives Power Over Other Persons.
K1218.5 Girl asks importunate lover for weapon to use against her father. Instead, she uses it to defend herself against the suitor. Italian Novella: Rotunda. K1200 - 1299 : Deception Into Humiliating Position.
T617.1 Future hero as child isolated from world kills increasingly larger game with superior weapons. N. A. Indian (California): Gayton and Newman 69. T600 - 699 : Care Of Children.
A1142.6.1 Thunder from clashing weapons of warring spirits in sky. S. Am. Indian (Chamacoco): Métraux MAFLS XL 26. A1100 - 1199 : Establishment Of Natural Order.
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