What was Excalibur?

“Excalibur, or Caliburn, is the legendary sword of King Arthur, sometimes also attributed with magical powers or associated with the rightful sovereignty of Great Britain. Sometimes Excalibur and the Sword in the Stone (the proof of Arthur’s lineage) are said to be the same weapon, but in most versions, they are considered separate. Excalibur was associated with the Arthurian legend very early. In Welsh, it is called Caledfwlch; in Cornish, Calesvol; in Breton, Kaledvoulc’h; and in Latin, Caliburnus.

In Arthurian romance, a number of explanations are given for Arthur’s possession of Excalibur. In Robert de Boron’s Merlin, the first tale to mention the “sword in the stone” motif, Arthur obtained the British throne by pulling a sword from an anvil sitting atop a stone that appeared in a churchyard on Christmas Eve. In this account, the act could not be performed except by “the true king,” meaning the divinely appointed king or true heir of Uther Pendragon. As Malory’s writes: “Whoso pulleth out this sword of this stone and anvil, is rightwise king born.” This sword is thought by many to be the famous Excalibur, and its identity is made explicit in the later Prose Merlin, part of the Lancelot-Grail cycle. The challenge of drawing a sword from a stone also appears in the Arthurian legends of Galahad, whose achievement of the task indicates that he is destined to find the Holy Grail.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Excalibur


Legend Of The Sword What Went Wrong?

King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword’s disastrous opening in May 2017 vaulted it to the top of the list of biggest box office bombs of the year, earning a measly 14.7 million dollars in the U.S., against a $175 million budget — plus marketing costs. Yeah: A legendary flop. But director Guy Ritchie knows how to make big, loud, awesome action movies. Charlie Hunnam is a talented actor-on-the-rise with all the qualities you could want in a leading man. Jude Law makes a great villain. So, by Merlin’s beard, how did The Legend of the Sword go so wrong?

Out of touch | 0:42
TV killed the cinema star | 1:36
Thin gruel | 2:12
Epic fail | 3:03