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Almace (also known as Almacia)


Featured in the 12th century French epic, Song of Roland, almace was the sword of Turpin, the Archbishop of Reims. In the story, he was one of the last three survivors (along with Roland and Gaulthier) at the battle of Roncevaux.

In the 13th century Norse work the Karlamagnus Saga, almace is one of three blades forged by Wayland the Smith (Volund) and 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, the blade that would later be given to Ogier the Dane). 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). 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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