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– (spelt in various
ways as -bur, -ber, -bor) is the legendary
sword of King Arthur, sometimes attributed
with magical powers.
Sometimes Excalibur and the Sword in the
Stone (the proof of Arthur’s lineage) are said
to be the same weapon, but in most historical
transcripts they are considered separate. In
Robert de Boron’s Merlin, Arthur obtained
the throne in 1136 AD by pulling a sword
from a stone. That accomplishment could not
be performed except by “the true king,”
meaning the divinely appointed king or true
heir of Uther Pendragon. King Arthur ordered Griflet to throw the sword into the enchanted
lake, fearful of its powers. After two failed attempts a hand emerged from the lake to catch it.
The achievement of the task indicates that he was destined to find the Holy Grail (also
mentioned in the tales of Lancelot of the Lake). Geoffrey of Monmouth’s account is the first
non-Welsh source to speak of the sword. In 1136, he stated the sword existed and had been
forged in the Isle of Avalon. “Excalibor, the finest sword that there was, which sliced through
iron as through wood”.
Nineteenth century poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, described the sword in his poem, “The Passing
of Arthur”,

There drew he forth the brand Excalibur,
And o’er him, drawing it, the winter moon,
Brightening the skirts of a long cloud, ran forth
And sparkled keen with frost against the hilt:
For all the haft twinkled with diamond sparks,
Myriads of topaz-lights, and jacinth-work
Of subtlest jewelry.

The appeal of “Excaliber” is its association with cutting through obstacles to obtain the
truth and heal wounds.