Peter Lyon

Sword Smith


Full Name: Peter Lyon

Birthplace: Shannon, New Zealand

Birth Date: 1964

Marital status: He married Helen in 1997






  • Started joining fantasy role playing games whilst at university and in 1984 he began practicing medieval sword fighting with a local club

  • Began work on The Lord of the Rings in 1998

  • Has worked with animatronics, as a modeler and as a puppeteer on other Weta projects since The Lord of the Rings

  • Began making his own re-enactment equipment after purchasing cheap metal working tools

  • Main interest is medieval Europe

  • Created many of the “hero” swords used in The Lord of the Rings (ones used for the close-up shots) as well as the stunt swords and various other pieces

  • Made his first sword in 1985

  • Joined Weta in 1998 as Senior Swordsmith

  • Moved to Wellington in 1986 and in the following year joined the Wellington Medieval Guild where he was an instructor until 2003

  • In 2001, he began making 1/6 scale replicas of swords, learning how to make weapons with jewellery-like precision. These replicas would then be used on collectable Sideshow-Weta plaques

  • Has a BA in history, specializing in medieval history

  • Became self employed in 1994. His workshop grew as fellow re-enactors kept requesting swords from him

  • Joined the Order of the Boar in 1997, New Zealand’s only jousting group. He has been jousting since 2000

    Notable Projects:

  • District 9 (2009)
  • Avatar (2009)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
  • The Last Samurai (2003)
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)


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