Terry Pratchetts DIY-Sword is made with Meteorites

Terry Pratchett hat sich, nachdem er von der Queen zum Ritter geschlagen wurde, ein Schwert machen lassen und zwar aus Eisenerz, das er selbst gefördert und geschmolzen hatte. Nach eigener Aussage hat er zum Eisenerz noch ein paar Brocken eines Meteoriten geschmissen, damit das Ding noch magischer ist, als ohnehin schon.

With help from his friend Jake Keen — an expert on ancient metal-making techniques — the author dug up 81kg of ore and smelted it in the grounds of his house, using a makeshift kiln built from clay and hay and fuelled with damp sheep manure.

Pratchett, who has Alzheimer's disease, also said he had thrown in "several pieces of meteorites — thunderbolt iron, you see — highly magical, you’ve got to chuck that stuff in whether you believe in it or not".

After days of hammering the metal into bars, he took it to a blacksmith, whom he helped to shape it into a blade, which was finished with silverwork.

Terry Pratchett creates a sword with meteorites (via Reddit, Bild via Discworld-News)