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Durindana (Durendal)

Orlando’s unbreakable sword. [Ital. Lit.: Morgante Maggiore, Brewer Handbook, 309]
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But in the Northern and medieval literature with which Tolkien was personally and professionally engaged, named swords abound: Sigurd's Gram, (2) Beowulf's Naegling and Hrunting, Arthur's Excalibur, Roland's Durendal, Charlemagne's Joieuse, and so on.
De Durendal li dunat un colp tel Le destre poign li ad del cors sevret.
58) Accompanying the expedition is Charlemagne's young nephew Roland, who, during the course of the poem, acquires the horse, sword, and horn (Viellantif, Durendal, and Olifant) that will figure so prominently in the later ambush at Roncevales.
Beowulf's magic sword, Roland's Durendal with relics of the saints on its hilt, Charlemagne's Joieuse from which the Franks took their battle cry "Monjoie," and most famously Arthur's Excalibur are part and parcel of every myth of every hero of the past.
No account is taken of the discrepancy between how Roland acquires Durendal as told in the chanson and how he acquires the Olifant, Durandal, and Viellantif in the Chanson d'Aspremont.
22) This is nothing at all like Homer, yet even this most seemingly non-Trojan of moments in Boromir's legend actually dovetails with that of Hector as it is found within the greater Trojan hypermyth: according to Ludovico Ariosto's famed Orlando Furioso, Roland's sword Durendal, broken at his death--just as Boromir's is at his death (LotR III.
Among the pre-eminent swords of medieval literature are Beowulf's Hrunting and Naegling, Waldere's Mimming, Sigurd's Gram, Roland's Durendal and, best known of all, Arthur's Excalibur, (4) but there are numerous references to lesser-known blades in the Scandinavian sources, including Dragvandil (Slicer), Fotbitr (Leg-biter), Gramr (Fierce), Hrati (Keen), as well as St.