The story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is known worldwide. Stories of Camelot and deeds of great valor have appeared in numerous books throughout the years. Many of these tales have become movies or TV series. When we think of King Arthur our mind immediately jumps to one of the most famous legendary weapons, the Excalibur.
King Arthur is a legendary British leader. He is said to have lived during the late 5th century and early 6th century. Although his existence is disputed by researchers, he appears frequently in stories and folklore. Stories say he is the ruler who defeated the Saxons. He married Guinevere and lived in Camelot along with his Knights.
His sword is as legendary as its owner. In some stories it has magical powers and it was said to be the sign of the rightful sovereign of Great Britain. Excalibur is not the same with the “Sword in the Stone” although some tales consider them to be one.
Excalibur is also known as Caliburn. The name of the sword is derived from the Welsh Caledfwlch. The Sword in the Stone is said to have been Uther’s sword, the weapon of the true ruler of Britain. Excalibur, on the other hand, is gifted to Arthur by the Lady of the Lake. In some versions of the story she is a mythical goddess, while in others she is a High Priestess of Avalon. No matter the tale, she is always a wise and powerful Lady who gifts Arthur the sword and accepts him as the protector of Britain. Both the sword and the scabbard are enchanted. They are said to have been crafted by elvish smiths. The sword is said to be unbreakable. The scabbard protects its wielder from mortal wounds.
The Excalibur sword is lost forever at Arthur’s death. At the request of the dying king, one of his knights casts the sword back in the lake. A hand rises from the waters and the Lady of the Lake takes back the gift she had once given. One of the most legendary weapons in history disappears forever.
Excalibur is one of the most famous legendary weapons. Its tale has survived across the centuries, although it has suffered many changes. Even though there is no proof that this weapon is real, its story lives on. Which is your favorite Arthurian tale?
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