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from Heinlein's Glory Road
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Heinlein Prize Trust
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did I want?
I wanted the hurtling moons of Barsoom. I wanted Storisende
and Poictesme, and Holmes shaking me awake to tell me, "The
games' afoot!" I wanted to float down the Mississippi on
a raft and elude a mob in company with the Duke of Bilgewater
and the Lost Dauphin. I wanted Prester John and Excalibur
held by a moon-white arm out of a silent lake. I wanted
to sail with Ulysses and with Tros of Samothrace and eat
the lotus in a land that seemed always afternoon.
I wanted the feeling of romance and the sense of wonder
I had known as a kid. I wanted the world to be what they
had promised me it was going to be -- instead of the tawdry,
lousy, fouled-up mess it is."
-- Glory Road, Robert Heinlein
This is the only official Lady Vivamus, endorsed
by the Heinlein Prize Trust, in a limited edition
of 100 swords, based on the sword described in the Robert
Heinlein classic, Glory
This has been a dream sword of Howy and Jody's
since they were kids. They teamed up with Lars, Jason and
Steve to come up with this design based on Heinlein's very
"...and [I] found there the blade
that suited me the way Excalibur suited Arthur.
I've never seen one quite like it, so I don't know what
to call it. A saber, I suppose, as the blade was faintly
curved and razor sharp on the edge and sharp rather far
on the back. But it had a point as deadly as a rapier and
the curve was not enough to keep it from being used for
thrust and counter quite as well as chopping away meat-axe
style. The guard was a bell curved back around the knuckles
into a semi-basket but cut away enough to permit full moulinet
from any guard.
It balanced in the forte less than two inches from the guard,
yet the blade was heavy enough to chop bone. It was the
sort of sword that feels like an extension of your body.
The grip was honest sharkskin, molded to my hand. There
was a motto chased on to the blade but it was so buried
in curlicues that I did not take time to study it out. This
girl was mine, we fitted! I returned it and buckled belt
and scabbard to my bare waist, wanting the touch of it and
feeling like Captain John Carter, and the Gascon and his
three friends all in one."
"I drew my sword and glanced along it,
feeling its exquisite balance while noting again the faint
ripples left by the feather-soft hammerblows of some master
swordsmith. I tossed it and caught it by the forte. "Read
the motto, Star."
She traced it out. "Dum vivimus, vivamus! -- 'While
we live, let us live!' "
Glory Road, Robert Heinlein
to a military or fencing sabre and suitable for both thrust
and heavy cutting, the slightly curved, hollow-ground blade
comes to a rapier-like point, and is sharp 10" along the
a limited number of these swords can be made in the course
of a year. The sword ships in a specially designed handmade
wooden box that can easily be converted into a display box
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Lady Vivamus … $3,000
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Overall length: 42" (106 cm)
Blade length: 35.25" (89.5 cm)
Blade width (at bell): 1.375"
CoB: 3.75" from Guard (9.53 cm)
CoP: 23" from Guard (58.4 cm)
Weight: 2.75 lbs (1.25 kilos)
hollow-ground 1075 steel blade designed by Master Swordmaker
Latin motto "dum vivimus, vivamus" or
"while we live, let us live!" on both sides of
deep steel bell-guard with investment cast thumb-rest,/ferrule,
by Lars Hansen
covered felt hand-pad lining the guard
rayskin-wrapped molded wood grip, with German silver
braided wire overwrap
The spine "feature" of the genuine rayskin
is visible one one side.
design for the inscription on the blade (7.133 " in length)
About the Inscription
Latin phrase "dum vivimus, vivamus" is believed
to have been an Epicurean
motto, sometimes attributed to the Latin poet Horace
HORATIUS FLACCUS 65-8 B.C.) and is generally translated
as "While we live, let us live!"
The meaning of this phrase was expanded upon somewhat
by Puritan pastor, author and hymnwriter Philip Doddridge
(1702-1751) in an epigram on his family coat of arms,
which included this motto:
whilst you live,"
the Epicure would say,
And seize the pleasures
of the present day.
"Live whilst you live,"
the sacred preacher cries,
And give to God each moment as it flies.
Lord, in my views, let both united be;
I live in pleasure whilst I live to Thee.
Dum Vivimus, Vivamus
Let Us Live While We Live
Emily Dickenson also quoted this latin phrase in a
poem written for St. Valentine's Day, 1852:
Lindsay Gordon [British-born Australian Steeple-Chase
Rider and Poet -- 1833-1870] also quotes this motto
in his poem Ye Wearie Wayfarer, hys Ballad In Eight
transit gloria mundi,"
"How doth the busy bee,"
"Dum vivimus vivamus,"
I stay mine enemy!
riddles grow dark, oh! drifting cloud,
And thy misty shapes grow drear,
Thou hang'st in the air like a shadowy shroud,
But I am of lighter cheer;
Though our future lot is a sable blot,
Though the wise ones of earth will blame us,
Though our saddles will rot,
and our rides be forgot,
"DUM VIVIMUS, VIVAMUS!"
the phrase also appears in one of the toasts of
the Brotherhood of Elks
himself explained the inscription's meaning this way
(in the pidgen language of Center)
in Glory Road:
While we live, let's live in clover,
For when we're dead, we're dead all over.
she said pleadingly. "Touch." "Touch twice?"
("Please, may I handle it enough to get the
feel of it? Pretty please, with sugar on it!
I ask too much and it is your right to refuse,
but I guarantee not to hurt it" - they get mileage
out of words, but the flavor is in the manner.)
I didn't want to, not the Lady Vivamus.
But I'm a sucker for pretty girls.
"Touch... twice," I grudged. I drew it and handed
it to her...
She spotted the inscription. "Means?" Dum
vivimus, vivamus doesn't translate well,
not because they can't understand the idea but
because it's water to a fish. How else would
one live? But I tried. "Touch-twice life.
Eat. Drink. Laugh."
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Robert Heinlein, all text from Glory Road
and Lady Vivamus ©2005
The Heinlein Prize Trust, used with permission.