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Ownersʹ names for their swords.

(1) Agricane’s was called Tranchʹera. Afterwards Brandemart’s.

(2) Ali’s sword was Zulfagar.

(3) Antony’s was Philippan, so named from the battle of Philippi. (Shakespeare: Antony and Cleopatra, ii. 4.)

(4) Artegal’s was called Chrysaʹor. (Spenser: Faërie Queene.)

(5) Arthur’s was called Escalibar, Excalibar, or Caliburn; given to him by the Lady of the Lake.

(6) Sir Bevis’s of Hamptoun was called Morglay.

(7) Biterolf’s was called Schrit.

(8) Braggadochio’s was called Sanglamore. (Faërie Queene.)

(9) CÆsar’s was called Crocea Mors (yellow death). (See Commentaries, bk. iv. 4.)

“Erat nomen gladio ‘Crocěa Morsʹ qua nullus eyadebat vivus qui eo vulnerabātur.”—Geoffrey of Monmouth, iv. 4.

(10) Charlemagne’s were Joyeuse or Fusberta Joyoʹsa, and Flamberge; both made by Galas.

(11) The Cid’s was called Colaʹda; the sword Tizoʹna was taken by him from King Bucar.

(12) Closamont’s was called Hauteclaire, made by Galas.

(13) Dietrich’s was Nagelring.

(14) Doolin’s of Mayence was called Merveilleuse (wonderful).

(15) Eck’s was called Sacho.

(16) Edward the Confessor’s was called Curtaʹna (the cutter), a blunt sword of state carried before the sovereigns of England at their coronation, emblematical of mercy.

(17) English Kingsʹ (the ancient) was called Curtaʹna.

(18) Frithiof’s was called Angurvaʹdel (stream of anguish).

(19) Haco I.ʹS Of Norway was called Quern-biter (foot-breadth).

(20) Hieme’s was called Blutgang.

(21) Hildebrand’s was Brinning.

(22) Iring’s was called Waskë.

(23) Koll, the Thralls, Greysteel.

(24) Launcelot of the Lake’s, Arʹoundight.

(25) Mahomet’s were called Dhuʹ l Fakar (the trenchant), a scimitar; Al Battar (the beater); Medham (the keen); Halef (the deadly).

(26) Maugis’s or Malagigi’s was called Flamberge or Floberge. He gave it to his cousin Rinaldo. It was made by Wieland.

(27) Ogier the Dane’s, Courtain and Sauvagine, both made by Munifican.


“He [Ogier] drew Courtain, his sword, out of its sheath.”—Morris: Earthly Paradise, 634.

(28) Oliver’s was Haute-Claire.

(29) Orlando’s was called Durindaʹna or Durindan, which once belonged to Hector, and is said to be still preserved at Rocamadour, in France.

(30) Otuel’s was Corrougue (2 syl.).

(31) Rinaldo’s was called Fusberta or Flamberge (2 syl.). (See above, Maugis.)

(32) Rogero’s was called Balisarda. It was made by a sorceress.

(33) Roland’s was called Durandal, made by Munifican. This is the French version of Orlando and Durandana.

(34) Siegfried’s was called Balmung, in the Nibelungen-Lied. It was made by Wieland. Also Gram. Mimung was lent to him by Wittich.

(35) Sintram’s was called Welsung.

(36) Strong-iʹ-the-Arm’s, Baptism, Florence, and Graban, by Ansias.

(37) Thoralf Skolinson’si.e. Thoralf the Strong, of Norway—was called Quern-biter (foot-breadth).

(38) Wieland. The swords made by the divine blacksmith were Flamberge and Balmung.

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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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Angurvadel
Aroundight
Cæsar
Caliburn
Chrysaor [ch = k]
Cid
Corrouge
Doolin
Durandana
Excalibur (Ex cal [ce] liber [atus])
Frithiof’s Sword
Fusberta
Haco I
Haute Claire
La Joyeuse
Morglay
Quern-Biter
Rosse
Sintram
Tizona
Zulfagar