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Arakh

Arakh, Dothraki weapon.

The arakh is the standard weapon used by Dothraki warriors. It is a long blade, making a semi-circular curve in its lower half, making it half-sword and half-scythe.

Jorah Mormont notes that while the sweeping blade is effective and indeed necessary for a warrior on horseback, the arakh pales in comparison to the Westerosi double-edged sword for battling without a mount or at penetrating armor.[1]

Although a Dothraki weapon, it is occasionally used by non-Dothraki, such as the mercenary captain Daario Naharis.[2]

In the books

The arakh is similarly described in the books. The weapon overall is an original invention of GRRM, but does bear some similarity to ancient "sickle-swords" such as the khopesh and the falx.

According to the TV series official pronunciation guide developed for the cast and crew, "Arakh" is pronounced "Ah-rock", as opposed to "Ah-RACK".
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A collection of Arakhs behind the scenes.

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