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Excalibur

Sword of King Arthur


ExcaliburExcalibur is of course the fabled sword of King Arthur. In addition to being a remarkably good sword, it's also a magical artifact whose powers are such that it is destined for the rightful monarch. The Arthurian Legend has been retold many times, with variations, including a movie (1981) which was quite well done. In most versions of the legend, Arthur pulls a special sword out of a stone, which proves he is the rightful king. However, in most of the traditional versions of the legend, that sword was not Excalibur. Excalibur was a different sword, which was given to King Arthur by the Lady of the Lake.

Also, there are companies that have named themselves after Excalibur, this sword of legend. These are of course secondary to the original.

Meanwhile, here are some helpful references about the legend of King Arthur, the knights of the round table, Excalibur, the wizard Merlin, chivalry, the Holy Grail, Camelot, Guenevere, Lancelot, the Lady of the Lake, magic, destiny, honour, and various associated concepts of that ilk...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Excalibur

www.britannia.com/history/arthur/excalibur.html

www.arthurian-legend.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Arthur

www.ramsdale.org/legend.htm

www.pantheon.org/areas/folklore/arthurian/

www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/37033/Arthurian-legend

www.britannia.com/history/h12.html

www.timelessmyths.com/arthurian/

The movie "Excalibur" is a surprisingly good retelling of the story, even though it's quite recent. It's quite atmospheric, an effect enhanced by interesting colour augmentation, and by music of the Ring Cycle by Wagner, which is itself about the legend of Sigurd, a legendary epic with some similarities to the Arthurian legend. If you'd like to get a copy of the movie, it's available from numerous video outlets, most of which support some kind of search feature into which you can put "Excalibur".

For other excaliburs, there's a page of excaliburs here, which also passes comment on some of the poor quality searches of the Internet.


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