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The return of Excalibur

Posted in Legend on Friday, 17 August 2007

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Return of Excalibur (art, illustration, picture: Richard Hook)

“Sir Bedivere,” the dying King Arthur said, “My sword was given to me by the Lady of the Lake. Now it must be returned to the water from whence it came.” So Bedivere took the sword to the water but when it came to it he could not bring himself to cast it from him. So he hid the sword Excalibur and went back to Arthur saying he had got rid of the sword. But the king knew that he was lying and sent him off again so Sir Bedivere returned to the lake and took the sword from its hiding place and threw it into the water. To his wonder he saw a hand reach up from the depths to catch the sword. After waving it three times the hand disappeared slowly beneath the waters.

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