The sword - the iconic symbol through the centuries of awe, authority, ritual, ceremonial, status and wealth.
The legend of Arthur is a part of the land. It exists within the British.
‘It exists everywhere something old is venerated: tacit, visible, like water. Grab a handful of water. You get it and yet you do not. It slips past your grasp. Thus flows the legend across the land’
Forgemaster Govannon. The modern Fellowship of the Round Table.
Who created Excalibur? Was it the god Wayland? Who gave it to Arthur? Who was the Lady of the Lake? Where did Excalibur go?
I like the analogy of myth and water. As in koans, don’t try to work it out, try to work with it.