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Curtana (also known as Cortana)


Curtana ("Short") is the sword of Ogier the Dane, who fought alongside Charlemagne against the Saracens. In the 13th century Norse work the Karlamagnus Saga, it is one of three blades forged by Wayland the Smith (Volund) that came into the possession of King Karlamagnus as a ransom payment in exchange for Abraham.

After the exchange was complete, King Karlamagnus decided to test the quality of the swords. He took the first sword and struck it against a steel mound, and the sword sunk into it a "hand's breadth" (about 4 inches). He decided to call the sword Kurt (Curtana). He again struck the steel mound with the second sword, this time sinking slightly more than a hand's breadth. He decided to call the sword Almacia (Almace, the sword that would later be given to Turpin, Archbishop of Reims). With the last sword he struck the steel mound and it sunk in "more than half the length of a man's foot" (about 6 inches). He decided to call the sword Dyrumdali and kept it for himself as it was the finest of the three.

France, Mythology, Norse, Song of Roland, Sword, Wayland the Smith, Weapon


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