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There are several famous greatswords forged of [[Valyrian steel]]. These include [[Blackfyre]], [[Ice]], [[Heartsbane]] and [[Brightroar]].  
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There are several famous greatswords forged of [[Valyrian steel]]. These include [[Ice]], [[Heartsbane]] and [[Brightroar]].  
  
 
The champions of the [[Northern mountain clans]] wield huge two-handed greatswords.<ref>[[A Dance with Dragons]], [[A Dance with Dragons-Chapter 17|Chapter 17]], Jon</ref> [[Jon Umber (Greatjon)|Greatjon Umber]] is also described as using one.<ref>[[A Game of Thrones]], [[A Game of Thrones-Chapter 53|Chapter 53]], Bran</ref> Household troops of the [[Dreadfort]] wield greatswords along with other weaponry.<ref>[[A Clash of Kings]], [[A Clash of Kings-Chapter 66|Chapter 66]], Theon</ref>
 
The champions of the [[Northern mountain clans]] wield huge two-handed greatswords.<ref>[[A Dance with Dragons]], [[A Dance with Dragons-Chapter 17|Chapter 17]], Jon</ref> [[Jon Umber (Greatjon)|Greatjon Umber]] is also described as using one.<ref>[[A Game of Thrones]], [[A Game of Thrones-Chapter 53|Chapter 53]], Bran</ref> Household troops of the [[Dreadfort]] wield greatswords along with other weaponry.<ref>[[A Clash of Kings]], [[A Clash of Kings-Chapter 66|Chapter 66]], Theon</ref>

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The greatsword requires two hands to wield. It is the largest type of sword, considerably longer and heavier than a bastard sword or a longsword.

Appearances in the Novels

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There are several famous greatswords forged of Valyrian steel. These include Ice, Heartsbane and Brightroar.

The champions of the Northern mountain clans wield huge two-handed greatswords.[1] Greatjon Umber is also described as using one.[2] Household troops of the Dreadfort wield greatswords along with other weaponry.[3]

Speculation about size

The Valyrian greatsword Ice is described as taller than an adolescent Robb Stark.[4] Based on this, an "educated guess" is that the sword is about 1.65 meters long (or 5 feet and 5 inches). However, as Valyrian steel is considerably lighter than common steel, Valyrian greatswords are likely larger in general.

A good estimate for the size of a typical greatsword would be 1.5 meters (about 5 feet). The size of the sword depends on the person wielding it though, so swords wielded by exceptionally large men may even exceed 1.8 meters (roughly 6 feet).

References and Notes