Finding of the Excalibur

Finding of the Excalibur

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  • Thou art in league with evil. Do thy worst to me, thou shalt never sway me to thy will.
  • Go your way. Rule well your race of miserable mortals. I keep you not against your will.
  • Slay me if thou canst.
  • Stay knight, for none passes me this way except he joust with me.
  • One day king Arthur was riding through the forest where lady Annoure, a sorceress of great power, invited king Arthur into her castle. She felt a great deal of lust for Arthur. When she asked king Arthur to stay with her and she refused Annoure had him thrown in the dungeon. 
  •     I may not return to my court thus weaponless
  • follow me, and I will bring you where ye shall get you a sword, the wonder of the world
  • The next day Annoure came to visit him, admiring his knightly courage and having even more of a desire to win Arthur she said: "Stay with me and I promise that ye shall bear over a wider realm than anyone else and I will be at your command". When Arthur refused again she let him go. 
  • The time to cast it away has not yet come. For as long as ye keep it ye shall never be sore when wounded, ye shall not bleed to death.
  • Although Annoure let king Arthur go she seeked dishonor and death on him. With  her magic  she caused Arthur to follow that brought him a knight Sir Pellinore. 
  • I vow to not only to deeds of hardihood, but also gentleness and courtesy; and faithfully serve the king
  • Pellinore was a very strong knight, and he refused to let Arthur pass. The two battled to the ground, and as Pellinore rolled onto Arthur trying to crush him Merlin appeared. Merlin put Pellinore into a deep sleep. When Arthur came to he told Merlin he was in desperate need for a sword. Merlin knew just the place.
  • Merlin took Arthur to the palace of the Lady of the lake. Arthur sailed to the middle of the lake where an arm rose holding a sword. Arthur reached out and took the sword from the hand and sailed back to land. On the sword were mystic writings on each side one saying "keep me" and the other saying "throw me away".
  • Which does it behove me do?
  • Merlin and Arthur journeyed back to Caerleon, where the knights all rejoiced for the return of their king. Sir Pellinore came to see the king begging to be pardoned. Afterwards Sir Pellinore became a knight of the round table. 
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