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Durendal


Durendal (possibly "Enduring" or "Inflexible") is the sword of Roland, one of the twelve paladins of Charlemagne. The sword is indestructible, because within its hilt are four sacred relics; the tooth of Saint Peter, the blood of Saint Basil, a lock of hair from Saint Denis, and a piece of the raiment of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Roland's final stand at the Battle of Roncevaux is told in the 12th century French epic, Song of Roland.

In the Italian tradition the sword is called Durlindana or Durindana and its lineage is traced all the way back to Hector of Troy. The sword was given to Orlando (Roland) by the enchanter Malagigi (Maugris).

France, Mythology, Song of Roland, Sword, Weapon


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