I have a question regarding comma splices. I'm trying to learn more about comma splices and how to remove them from some work I am doing. I understand the basics regarding them but I have a question regarding a possibly more complex example.
It is hard to describe the situation so perhaps an example (based on the plight of the poor Razzies :P) will do:
It had been a thousand years since the Razzies had known the horrors of the king's might, a thousand years since he had sailed across the ocean with his vast armies and claimed their lands for himself.
In this situation would it be better to use a semi-colon instead of the comma? I am struggling because I am not entirely positive that they are two independent clauses. If I separate them with a period they do not seem to make as much sense.
Apologies if this is a silly question. I am just trying to make sure I learn the rules as best as I can. Thanks!