Something I’d noticed when I first saw the film: He swore a blood oath 28 years before. What was the oath? He says later, of breaking the oath, “I have made something that kills people.” Is that because it’s a sword, or is that because it’s a sword made specifically for use against people.
I ask because in the loft, there are 28 swords. I suppose this could be a coincidence, but it seems too, er, coincidental. Maybe he’s made a sword each year for the last 28 years, out of love for his craft, but keeps them upstairs because he doesn’t want them to be used to kill people (and because every time he adds one to the collection, he’s forced to recall why he sword the oath).
Anyway, just a thought. I mean, it does seem a little much to ask that he’d make, in a month, his best sword ever, if he’d stopped making swords 28 years before.