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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Sword.
 
Owners’ names for their swords.   1
   (1) AGRICANE’S was called Tranch’era. Afterwards BRANDEMART’S.   2
   (2) ALI’S sword was Zulfagar.   3
   (3) ANTONY’S was Philippan, so named from the battle of Philippi. (Shakespeare: Antony and Cleopatra, ii. 4.)   4
   (4) ARTEGAL’S was called Chrysa’or. (Spenser: Faërie Queene.)   5
   (5) ARTHUR’S was called Escalibar, Excalibar, or Caliburn; given to him by the Lady of the Lake.   6
   (6) SIR BEVIS’S OF HAMPTOUN was called Morglay.   7
   (7) BITEROLF’S was called Schrit.   8
   (8) BRAGGADOCHIO’S was called Sanglamore. (Faërie Queene.)   9
   (9) CÆSAR’S was called Crocea Mors (yellow death). (See Commentaries, bk. iv. 4.)   10
        “Erat nomen gladio ‘Croc&echeck;a Mors’ qua nullus eyadebat vivus qui eo vulnerabtur.”—Geoffrey of Monmouth, iv. 4.
   (10) CHARLEMAGNE’S were Joyeuse or Fusberta Joyo’sa, and Flamberge; both made by Galas.   11
   (11) THE CID’S was called Cola’da; the sword Tizo’na was taken by him from King Bucar.   12
   (12) CLOSAMONT’S was called Hauteclaire, made by Galas.   13
   (13) DIETRICH’S was Nagelring.   14
   (14) DOOLIN’S OF MAYENCE was called Merveilleuse (wonderful).   15
   (15) ECK’S was called Sacho.   16
   (16) EDWARD THE CONFESSOR’S was called Curta’na (the cutter), a blunt sword of state carried before the sovereigns of England at their coronation, emblematical of mercy.   17
   (17) ENGLISH KINGS’ (the ancient) was called Curta’na.   18
   (18) FRITHIOF’S was called Angurva’del (stream of anguish).   19
   (19) HACO I.’S OF NORWAY was called Quern-biter (foot-breadth).   20
   (20) HIEME’S was called Blutgang.   21
   (21) HILDEBRAND’S was Brinning.   22
   (22) IRING’S was called Waskë.   23
   (23) KOLL, THE THRALLS, Greysteel.   24
   (24) LAUNCELOT OF THE LAKE’S, Ar’oundight.   25
   (25) MAHOMET’S were called Dhu’ l Fakar (the trenchant), a scimitar; Al Battar (the beater); Medham (the keen); Halef (the deadly).   26
   (26) MAUGIS’S or MALAGIGI’S was called Flamberge or Floberge. He gave it to his cousin Rinaldo. It was made by Wieland.   27
   (27) OGIER THE DANE’S, Courtain and Sauvagine, both made by Munifican.   28
        “He [Ogier] drew Courtain, his sword, out of its sheath.”—Morris: Earthly Paradise, 634.
   (28) OLIVER’S was Haute-Claire.   29
   (29) ORLANDO’S was called Durinda’na or Durindan, which once belonged to Hector, and is said to be still preserved at Rocamadour, in France.   30
   (30) OTUEL’S was Corrougue (2 syl.).   31
   (31) RINALDO’S was called Fusberta or Flamberge (2 syl.). (See above, MAUGIS.)   32
   (32) ROGERO’S was called Balisarda. It was made by a sorceress.   33
   (33) ROLAND’S was called Durandal, made by Munifican. This is the French version of Orlando and Durandana.   34
   (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
   (35) SINTRAM’S was called Welsung.   36
   (36) STRONG-I’-THE-ARM’S, Baptism, Florence, and Graban, by Ansias.   37
   (37) THORALF SKOLINSON’Si.e. Thoralf the Strong, of Norway—was called Quern-biter (foot-breadth).   38
   (38) WIELAND. The swords made by the divine blacksmith were Flamberge and Balmung.   39
 


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