Created By: STUARTOctober 5, 2009
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Excaliburn

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Portrayals of Excalibur as The Sword in the Stone. This is not the way the Arthurian Legend goes: the sword in the stone was actually Caliburn, wheras Excalibur (as you may recall from the retelling and subsequent criticism in Monty Python And The Holy Grail) was given to Arthur by the Lady of the Lake). This is either due to not doing the research after decades off Lost In Imitation or a desire to condense the most powerful sword and the most meaningful obtaining of it into one point in the story.

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  • October 5, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    • Sonic and the Black Knight. King Arthur has Excalibur. Sonic recieves Caliburn from the Lady of the Lake.
  • October 5, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Averted in the film Excalibur. Excalibur is retrieved from the Lady of the Lake by Merlin and given to Uther Pendragon, Arthur's father. Uther thrusts the sword into the proverbial stone before he dies of his wounds. Arthur then draws the sword from the stone years later. Later, in a duel with Lancelot, Arthur in a fit of pride uses the sword's mystic powers to change the destined outcome of the duel (Lancelot should have won.) Although Arthur succeeds, Excalibur breaks from being so used. In a fit of grief, Arthur hurls the broken sword into a nearby lake -- where the Lady of the Lake restores the weapon and hands it back to Arthur from the waters, thus fulfilling both legends.
  • October 5, 2009
    Amazingly Enough
    I thought these were just two different versions of the same story. Aren't Excalibur and Caliburn two different variations of the same name?
  • October 5, 2009
    laughingmanx19
    Yeah, I thought Caliburn and Excalibur were two names for the same sword. But I guess one could say they should use the right name with the right backstory.
  • October 5, 2009
    Smiggins
    I also thought they were two names for the same sword. But the other interpretation is very common as well, so maybe we'll never know the truth, heh.

    • The pair are different weapons in Fate Stay Night. Excalibur functions more like a Wave Motion Gun, whereas Caliburn simply appears to be a really powerful sword, to the point where a projection of it, if wielded by Saber, can kill Beserker seven times in a single strike. That is only if it is wielded by Saber though
    • Excalibur and Caliburn are separate createable swords in Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time. Excalibur is the superior of the two.
  • October 6, 2009
    Killiara
    Who'd want to be fighting with a rusty sword that's been stuck in a rock for 20 years? be blunt as all get out and structural integrity inside...
  • October 6, 2009
    foxley
    The sword in the stone is sometimes known as Sequence.
  • October 7, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Lara makes this mistake repeatedly in Tomb Raider Legend, despite Alister's repeated and passionate reminders that they were "two different bloody swords!"
  • October 7, 2009
    Warlock
    Yeah, the material I found shows that there might have been two different swords in Arthur's myth (depending on which of oh a HUNDRED you pick), but the names Excaliber and Caliburn are derived from the same source. Arthurian myth is such a mix-pot, there is no such thing as canon, because they've been rewritten, edited, altered to fit the politics of the time, and had elements invented whole-cloth.
  • October 7, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Let's not forget Monty Python's discussion about the political ramifications of gaining the sword.
  • October 7, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    I believe The Sword In The Stone never named the Sword.
  • October 7, 2009
    Bisected8
    In Soul Eater Excalibur can be obtained by a "true hero" if they pull it out of the pedistall it can be found him. Although in a twist any meister can pull him out and claim him as their partner, but he's so insanly annoying and demanding (expecting his wielder to follow 1000 rules, including listioning to him ramble for 5 hours every day) no one can put up with him.
  • October 7, 2009
    Unknown Troper
  • October 8, 2009
    Ranger Six
    Averted in the two-part Stargate: SG-1 episode "Avalon", where Colonel Mitchell calls the sword in the stone Excalibur, and Daniel Jackson corrects him, stating that believing Excalibur to be the sword in the stone is "a common misconception."

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