Donner Summit, California. Home of endless adventure.
I was up at Donner Summit this weekend and came across this sword firmly stuck in the stone and could not find any information on how it got there, but here is the legend of King Arthur and Excalibur.
Way back in English history the King was getting old and Merlin the magician and advisor to the king spirited his only son, Arthur away and had him brought up in secret. The king then died without an heir.
In the midst of the turmoil, the nobles called on Merlin to find a solution. Having made sure that Arthur was safe, he erected a large stone, on which sat an anvil, in a churchyard on Westminster in London. Stuck in the anvil was a sword, and the inscription read:
“Whosoever pulls out this sword from this stone, is right wise King born of all England”
The sword was magic, Merlin explained, and only he who was fit to rule England could pull it from the stone. Nobles from far and wide came to try and pull the sword from the stone, but not even the strongest of men could accomplish the task. Eventually, the sword became forgotten, and England fell into greater ruin.
As the boy Arthur grew older, Merlin introduced himself to him. Merlin and the boy would meet after he had finished his chores for his stepfather, and the two of them became close friends. Merlin tutored the boy in many subjects, always teaching him that knowledge was greater than brute force. For, although Arthur was a small, scrawny lad scarcely capable of lifting a sword from its sheath, Merlin saw in him the potential to be a wise and just ruler who would unite Britain, and rescue her from the chaos into which she had fallen. And so, through education and experience, the wizard helped the young prince to realize his full potential: a potential of greatness. The potential to rule with justice and compassion what would become the greatest kingdom ever known.
One day, when Arthur was fifteen, Merlin brought him before the Sword in the Stone. A crowd had been assembled, and was waiting anxiously. Arthur’s stepbrother, Sir Kay, was the first to try and pull the sword, but it would not budge. Then Arthur tried. The sword came loose. The crowd cheered, and Arthur was crowned King of England.