And now I'm level 26. Problem is, now I want to try out some swords but everything is way too strong! Guess I just gotta start a new character? Or is there a way to do that without dying because everything is leveled with me?
If you're far enough in the dark brotherhood to have shadowmere, use your sword on him. He will never turn on you, and if you set the difficulty to master, he will damn near never die. I know it's a cheap way to do it, but you can until you're comfortable
where you are and go on wth playing.
A way to level both at the same time would be to get a Bound Sword Spell. This levels your Conjuration and your blade really fast. Plus it can't be knocked out of your hand, and it weighs nothing. I did that from the beginning, and my Conjuration is 72 ans
my blade is 52.
To expand on that use healing in one hand and a weapon in the other. That keeps you alive while you slowly whittle away at the enemies and all the skill ups from fighting will be from your weapon. It might also be helpful to make stamina poisons to keep
the enemies from using lots of power moves on you.