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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.
20) The conversion of Roland's sword Durendal into the mummified figure of Durandarte in the Cave of Montesinos is a fall from the miraculous and heroic into the grotesque and necrotic.
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.
He is the owner of the famous sword Durendal and the horn called Oliphant, both possessing supernatural powers.
There are many episodes involving Roland that appear not in the Chanson, but in other chansons de geste: fights with giants, various accounts of how he acquired his sword Durendal and his horn Olivant, and the like.
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.