A Maori boy in New Zealand wears a “Lord of the Rings” Gondor helmet and holds a Frodo “Sting” sword and a silver shield.
Silver is a semi-precious metal and a color. I prefer wearing silver jewelry to gold because silver is softer, like moonlight on a mountain lake, not glaring like the gold-wrought sun over a desert. I like wearing royal blue clothes with silver highlights. Silver is a pure metal, and in Medieval times, it was thought to protect against evil (for example, silver could kill werewolves and vampires). In Medieval times, only royalty could afford silver spoons and cups, and little flakes would break off and be eaten, so rich people were often healthier than poor people (it also helped that they had dry, warm houses, nice clothes, and a good diet). We say, “He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth” to refer to a rich kid. Today, tiny pieces of silver suspended in water can actually be drunk as a natural antibiotic. You can buy “colloidal silver” at a health food shop. I’ve used it; it really works! Also, in World War II, the U.S.A. used silver-plated airplanes to protect pilots from radiation.
Anyway, I always use silver in my fantasy novels. In “Selah of the Summit,” a slave girl fights off her evil master and his witchcraft with a silver pendant and (later) a silver sword. As a Christian, I believe I shouldn’t fight with a real metal sword. Jesus said, “Love your enemies and do good to those who persecute you” and “Those who live by the sword will die by the sword.” So, if I wear armor like a helmet, breastplate, and shield–with a sword–it is only a symbol of a kind of spiritual warfare, like good fighting against evil. Selah fought an evil wizard and his soldiers who enslaved people. After she found freedom and journeyed to the top of the mountain, she returned to the desert to free others. Life is always a battle. What evil forces do you have to stand against–or advance toward–for the sake of helping someone?
Read more about Selah and her silver adventures here.
Read about my true battle with cancer (18 years ago) here.