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Forgive my naivety, for I am not a historian. Rather than offering an answer I would like to offer some questions. Were blacksmiths commonly literate? If not, why are we assuming the sword inscriptions mean anything at all? If it was trendy to have inscriptions for the time, couldn't it be possible that an illiterate blacksmith sold this sword with a non-sense inscription to illiterate soldiers? Since the wisest historians haven't a solid idea what this puzzling inscription says, shouldn't we start to take the possibility of a nonsense inscription more seriously (Occam's razor thought process)? It's perhaps not as magical to be told the ancient sword has gibberish on it, but it certainly is a lot easier to swallow than a multilingual blacksmith with a knack for cryptography!
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