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Legendary sword master, Bob Anderson, dies

January 1, 2012 at 11:03 pm by maegwen  - 

Bob AndersonThe sword-fighting trainer and choreographer passed away today, at the age of 89.

Bob Anderson was a behind-the-scenes name little known to many fans but who had a tremendous impact not only on the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, but on cinema itself.  Anderson’s many credits include: Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Princess Bride, Highlander and much more. [Read obit from AP]

From thelordoftherings.net: “Bob Anderson, the world’s top sword master who has consulted on such films as Star Wars and trained the legendary Errol Flynn, was also brought in to train the actors in different fencing techniques. An expert in medieval arms, Anderson read the novel and then developed sparring methods based on Tolkien’s descriptions of each culture.”

The story of Anderson’s career and background was captured in the documentary, “Reclaiming the Blade.”  According to director Daniel McNicoll, Anderson once told him, “You know I don’t feel like I found the sword, I feel like the sword found me.” [Watch 'Reclaiming the Blade' on Netflix]

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