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In Le Morte d'Arthur the sword in the stone is not named, and Excalibur is the sword that comes from the Lady of the Lake at the time of the duel with Pellinore. In modern times it's generally assumed by the masses that Excalibur was the sword in the stone also. In the movie Excalibur John Boorman (who claimed his movie to be a faithful adaptation of Le Morte d'Arthur) addressed the muddle by having Arthur pull Excalibur from the stone, break it in a duel with Lancelot (not Pellinore), and - once he'd learned his lesson - get it back reforged from the Lady of the Lake. Above is the Arthur, King of Time and Space fix for the muddle.

Then there are earlier sources in which Arthur hands off Excalibur to Gawaine for most of the story, when he finds another sword that's shinier, that he takes from a defeated enemy who's supposedly Hercules' descendant and whose sword was supposedly once Hercules' sword despite having a decidely French name.

I really don't mean to use the fairy tale arc for nothing but its capacity as the baseline arc. There's just a lot to be covered at the beginning.

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Arthuriana sources I use or recommend:
Arthurian Legend
Arthuriana - the Journal of Arthurian Studies; the website of the quarterly journal of the North American Branch of the International Arthurian Society.
The Camelot Project at the University of Rochester.
Camelot In Four Colors: A Survey of the Arthurian Legend in Comics
Mystical-WWW - The Arthurian A2Z knowledge Bank which has encyclopedically-arranged entries on the characters of the Arthurian legends.
Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book of King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table, Volume 1 and Volume 2.

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