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 Sword.Sword Excalibar (The). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Sword-makers.
 
ANSIAS, GALAS, and MUNIFICAN made three swords each, and each sword took three years a-making.   1
   ANSIAS. The three swords made by this cutler were Baptism, Florence, and Graban, all made for Strong-i’-the-Arm.   2
   GALAS. The three swords made by this cutler were Flamberge (2 syl.) and Joyeuse for Charlemagne; and Hauteclaire for Closamont.   3
   MUNIFICAN. The three swords made by this cutler were Durandal, for Roland; Sauvagine and Courtain for Ogier the Dane.   4
   WIELAND (“the divine blacksmith”) also made two famous swords—viz. Flamberge, for Maugis; and Balmung, for Siegfried.   5
   N.B. Oliver’s sword, called Glorious, hacked all the nine swords of Ansias, Galas, and Munifican “a foot from the pommel.” (Croquemitaine.)   6
   An alphabetical list of the famous swords:   7
       Al Battar (the beater), one of Mahomet’s swords.
       Angurva (stream of anguish), Frithiof’s sword.
       Ar’oundight (? Æron-diht), the sword of Launce-lot of the Lake.
       Balisarda, Rogero’s sword, made by a sorceress.
       Balmung, one of the swords of Siegfried, made by Wieland, “the divine blacksmith.”
       Baptism, one of the swords of Strong-i’-the-Arm, which took Ansias three years to make.
       Blutgang (blood-fetcher), Hieme’s sword.
       Brinnig (flaming), Hildebrand’s sword.
       Caliburn, Arthur’s sword.
       Chrysaor (sword of gold, i.e. as good as gold). Artegal’s sword.
       Colda, the Cid’s sword.
       Corrougue, Otuel’s sword.
       Courtain (the short sword), one of the swords of Ogier the Dane, which took Munifican three years to make.
       Crocea Mors (yellow death), Cæsar’s sword.
       Curtna (? the short sword). (See Edward the Confessor and English kings.)
       Dhu’ l Fakdr (the trenchant), Mahomet’s scimitar.
       Durandal, same as Durandan. Roland’s sword, which took Munifican three years to make.
       Durandan or Durandana (the inflexible), Orlando’s sword.
       Escalibar or Excalibar, the sword of King Arthur. (Ex cal[celiber[are]. to liberate from the stone.) (See below, SWORD EXCALIBAR.)
       Flamberge or Floberge (2 syl., the flame-cutter), one of Charlemagne’s swords, and also the sword of Rinaldo, which took Gallas three years to make.
       Flamborge, the sword of Maugis or Malagigi, made by Wieland, “the divine blacksmith.”
       Florence, one of the swords of Strong-i’-the-Arm, which took Ansias three years to make.
       Fusberta Joysa, another name for Joyeuse (q.v.).
       Glorious, Oliver’s sword, which hacked to pieces the nine swords made by Ansias, Galas, and Munifican.
       Graban (the grave-digger), one of the swords of Strong-i’-the-Arm, which took Ansias three years to make,
       Gram (grief), one of the swords of Siegfried.
       Greysteel, the sword of Koll the Thrall.
       Haute-claire (2 syl., very bright), both Closamont’s and Oliver’s swords were so called. Closamont’s sword took Gallas three years to make.
       Halef (the deadly), one of Mahomet’s swords
       Joyeuse (2 syl., joyous), one of Charlemagne’s swords, which took Gallas three years to make.
        Mandousian swords (q.v.).
       Medham (the keen), one of Mahomet’s swords
       Merveilleuse (the marvellous), Doolin’s sword.
       Mimung, the sword that Wittich lent Siegfried.
       Morglay, i.e. mor-glaif (big glaive), Sir Bevis’s sword.
       Nagelring (nail-ring), Dietrich’s sword.
       Philippan. The sword of Antony, one of the triumvirs.
       Quern-biter (a foot-breadth), both Haco I. and Thoralf Skolinson had a sword so called.
       Sacho, Eck’s sword.
       Samsamha Haroun-al-Raschid’s sword.
       Sanglamore (the big bloody glaive), Braggadochio’s sword.
       Sauvagine (3 syl., the relentless), one of the swords of Ogier the Dane, which took Munifican three years to make.
       Schrit or Schritt (? the lopper), Biterolf’s sword.
       Tizna (the poker), King Bucar’s sword. (See CID.)
       Tranchra (the trenchant), Agricane’s sword.
       Waske(2 syl.), Iring’s sword.
       Welsung, both Dietlieb and Sintram had a sword so called.
       Zuflagar, Ali’s sword.
 


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