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Old 08-17-2016, 06:41 PM
MacLir MacLir is offline
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Originally Posted by Bill Door View Post
Pulling a sword from a stone in the Arthurian legend could be looked at as a metaphor for turning iron ore into steel and forging it into a sword.
"He who draweth the sword from this stone "

To a smith the process of turning a lump or ingot into a bar or other long object is drawing. I had speculated on the events of the legend, with the meteor, and that Arthur was fostered to an armorer, to think that Excalibur could have been made of meteoric iron, which is sometimes close in alloy to stainless steel, and is certainly better than the bog iron common to that period.

An author named Jack Whyte wrote a series of books, retelling the Arthurian Legend which uses the same concept.