Excalibur and Medieval Weapons Arthur was the one who pulled the enchanted sword from the stone. Arthur gave his sword that he pulled from the stone. Arthur became king by pulling out that sword. King Arthur used Excalibur to slay dragons and defeat other kingdoms.
There are two versions of the story Excalibur and many variations of them; one involving the Lady of the Lake and one involving the stone. In the version with the Lady of the Lake, it was told that she had been the one to give Arthur the magical sword; Excalibur. The story was that The Lady of the Lake lived in a magical realm underwater and when Arthur became king he realized that he didn’t have a sword, so while he was with Merlin they came by a Lake and saw the Lady of the Lake and saw the Excalibur. Arthur asked the Lady of the Lake who it belonged to and she said it was hers, they made a deal- he could have it and the scabbard if she had a favor in return that would be collected later. In another variation of that same story, he lost his
The debate on whether or not the legendary King Arthur of Camelot is real or a myth has always been there as long as all of us can remember. We have all heard stories and tales of this legendary King, and by now all of us have tried to understand the controversies behind the story of King Arthur (Gidlow,). The stories from our childhood were filled with legends, gods and fairy tales, and most of these stories were legendary myths, and we understood them as such. However, the case of King Arthur is different since it is not clear whether the story was just a myth or it was something real. The question is, how we can determine whether or not the tale of King Arthur was a myth or real.
King Arthur was said to be a great king, who ruled over Camelot in the fifth or sixth century. King Arthur estimated to have been born around 475 A.D., “Tintagel has come to be associated with King Arthur as his birthplace, depicted by the Welsh monk Geoffrey of Monmouth” (Walker para 5). Arthurian Literature commonly depicted daring sword fights, chivalrous knights, damsels in distress and even magic. Though there are few records of a true King Arthur does not mean there is not a man behind the great legend that came forth in the mid twelfth century. “The legend of King Arthur may have been based on the life of one or more Celtic warriors who fought the Anglo-Saxon invaders of England in the late fifth and early sixth century.”
“King Arthur nobility and selfless bravery made him king” (arthurian-legend.com). Sir Thomas Malory was influenced by the knights in his time to write Morte d’ Arthur and to show what the real noblemen were like. It’s safe to say that how things were in this story and how they were during the real time are quite different. The story is more myth. Malory’s own experience ended with some shame and imprisonment while his character Arthur is portrayed as only good.
The king only raised the Arthur from when he was little because of Merlin. Arthur has no idea that the King and the King’s real son are his biological father and brother until after he pulls a sword out of a stone. Arthur was helping his brother get ready for a joust and lost his brother sword in the process. When Arthur found out that the sword was missing he knew that he had to get his brother another one. Arthur was running through the woods and came across a sword in the stone called excalibur.
King Arthur is one of the best kings that has ruled over Britain, throughout all of history. Arthur ruled with honor, loyalty, and chivalry, which made him a great king. Many lessons that he learned on his journeys helped him to become the person that he is. Arthur’s journey becoming king can be seen in the novel The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White, and is very similar to Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey.
(“From the Day of Destiny” pp 199). These heroes showed that not only did their strengths help them defeat evil, but also the help of their magical swords. In addition, both epic and romantic heroes shared courageous traits throughout the story that made them so memorable. When faced with the challenge of defeating the dragon Beowulf said to his followers “ this fight is not yours… except me” ( “from beowulf” pp 33).
Though the sword “had gone through many/ hand-to-hand fights… the fabulous powers of that heirloom failed” to harm his opponent (1524-1528). The sword is not powerful enough nor is it worthy of use by Beowulf, since it came from a man who is too cowardly to fight the monster himself. While Beowulf is unable to wield Hrunting, he uses another sword he finds during the battle to chop off the monster’s head. The latter sword happens to have a cultural connection since it has previously been fought with men of the Danes’ serving Beowulf well in the fight. Compared to the fight against Grendel, Beowulf needs a better way to defend himself because the mother’s strikes injure Beowulf while Grendel could not put up much of a fight.
In the Medieval British legend King Arthur three character archetypes are prominent; the Hero, the Mentor, and the Villain. These archetypes are universal, found in myths from around the world. One ubiquitous archetype that is present in King Arthur
Kody Battaglear Mr. Bergmann Senior English September 1, 2015 Redwall “No doubt your sword is indeed a beautiful thing. It is a tribute to whoever forged it in bygone ages. There are very few such swords as this one left in the world, but remember, it is only a sword, Matthias! It contains no secret spell, nor holds within its blade any magical power.