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Cairbar asks if Fingal comes in peace, to which Mor-annal replies: “In peace he comes not, king of Erin, I have seen his forward spear.” If a stranger kept the point of his spear forward when he entered a strange land, it was a declaration of war; if he carried the spear on his shoulder with the point behind him, it was a token of friendship. (Ossian: Temora, i.)

Achillesʹ spear. Teʹlephus, King of Mysʹia, in attempting to hinder the Greeks from marching through his country against Troy, was wounded by Achillesʹ spear, and was told by an oracle that the wound could be cured only by the weapon that gave it; at the same time the Greeks were told that they would never reach Troy except by the aid of Teʹlephus. So, when the Mysʹian king repaired to Achillesʹ tent, some of the rust of the spear was applied to the wound, and, in return for the cure which followed, Telephus directed the Greeks on their way to Troy.

“Telephus æterna consumptus tabë perisset

Si non quæ nocʹuit dextra tulisset opem.”

The spear of Teʹlephus could both kill and cure. (Plutarch.) (See Achillesʹ spear.)

The heavy spear of Valence was of great repute in the days of chivalry.

Arthur’s spear. Rone or Ron.

To break a spear. To fight in a tournament.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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