Durindana

European - A sword of Roland. This sword, which could split a mountain, was said to have belonged originally to Hector, prince of Troy. Hector's armour had come down to Mandricardo and he claimed the sword, which had come into the possession of Roland when he killed Almontes. In another account Roland acquired the sword and his famous horn when he defeated the giant, Jutmundus. When Roland went mad he abandoned his armour and sword, which was then seized by Mandricardo who killed Zerbino in a fight for its possession. Some say that Charlemagne or Malagigi gave Roland this sword, which had been made by the fairies. It was said that the hilt contained a number of relics, such as a thread from the cloak of the Virgin Mary, a hair from the head of St Denis, a drop of blood from St Basil and one of St Peter's teeth. It was also claimed by Gradasso. Its future was settled when King Agramont ordered a contest in which Roland represented both himself and Gradasso. He killed Mandricardo but the sword was awarded to Gradasso. Other stories say that, when he was dying of his wounds after the Battle of Roncesvalles, Roland threw the sword into a stream, having failed to break it on a rock. In some accounts, known as Durindana, Duranda, Duranda, Durandal, Durandal, Durandana, Durandana, Durenda, Durenda, Durendala, Durendala, Duranda(l), Duranda(l), Durend(al)a, Durend(al)a, Dyrumdali, Dyrumdali, Jutmundus, Jutmundus, Almontes or Jamund.

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