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Everyone's heard it, and if you haven't you've either been living in a cave for most of the last few years or completely untied to the gaming world. The famous phrase from Skyrim, "Took an arrow in the knee" doesn't quite mean what you think.
When I got the news of this phrase yesterday, my heart sank a little. The phrase from the game goes sort of like this: "I used to be an adventurer like you, until I took an arrow in the knee." Almost everyone took this as a ridiculous indication that he had been injured and couldn't go on with his ventures. The joke behind this phrase is the ridiculousness behind the injury. Who seriously takes an arrow to the knee and calls it quits on the life of adventuring? Thus, a joke was born.
Actually, sorry to break your hearts, but this infamous phrase is actually Nordic slang for "getting married." Ah, does it make sense now? He got married so he couldn't endanger the life of his family by going on with his adventures. Doesn't that just ruin it for you? I don't think I'll ever look at that phrase the same again...and I named a whole gaming blog after it...