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The Sword in the Stone by Sarah Moore

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A collaboration with Rosalie Dale (my mum!), Misty Morning was perfect for my Avalon series, I think it works perfectly for the beginning of the story…

The sword in the stone – where it all began for the boy who would become King Arthur.

Born at Tintagel to King Uther Pendragon and the lady Igraine but sent away to serve as a helper in another castle, the boy who would grow up to become King Arthur was raised unaware of his parents’ status. He was a natural leader, a good fighter, and was always scrupulously fair, yet modest and unassuming.

One day, a mysterious magician named Merlin announced that in the woods lay a stone with a sword thrust deep into its center. He promised that whichever man could draw the sword from the stone would be crowned the next king of Britain.

Men came from all over the land to try their luck with the sword in the stone. Everyone from the knights to the blacksmiths, from lords to peasant children, tried to extricate the sword.

None could.

Finally, young Arthur was persuaded to try. Feeling foolish, he approached the stone, shaking his head — for why should he be able to pull out the sword, when the strongest of men had failed?

But to his surprise and amazement (and to everyone else’s, certainly), as he grasped the pommel of the sword, he pulled it smoothly from the stone.

This young unknown boy was to be the next king!

Merlin came forward and congratulated the stunned Arthur, and that is where the story of King Arthur all began — with a sword in a stone.

Other images in my Mists of Avalon series…

The Isle of Apples

Mists of Avalon

The Lady of the Lake

Guinevere

Camelot Mists

© Sarah Moore 2008

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  • Mike Emmett
    Mike Emmettover 6 years ago

    Instant Fave.

  • Mike Emmett
    Mike Emmettover 6 years ago

    You should look here too… yes, you can do this at Uni.

  • LOL – no way! How I would love to study this…thanks for the fave!

    – Sarah Moore

  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapmanover 6 years ago

    Great collab and it works very well Sarah. A fitting start to the series.

    Although some might say “Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.”

  • LOL : Strange woman in pond is next on my list of images to create!

    – Sarah Moore

  • Loreto Bautista Jr.
    Loreto Bautist...over 6 years ago

    A great image with a great story to boot…wel done.

  • Thanks Loreto.

    – Sarah Moore

  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...over 6 years ago

    Real Cool, Ice cool,

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleover 6 years ago

    Oh my goodness Sarah you have outdone yourself – that is really beautifully done. Love it!Thank you for using my image!

  • Phew…glad you like it! It was a great image to start with!

    – Sarah Moore

  • Disenchanted
    Disenchantedover 6 years ago

    Straight into the favorites bucket with this one. :)

  • Thanks for the fave Matt!

    – Sarah Moore

  • Mike Emmett
    Mike Emmettover 6 years ago

    Yeah, probably the hardest subject I took at uni, I reckon…

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 6 years ago

    Wow, these Mists of Avalon images are gorgeous!

  • Thank you Mel.

    – Sarah Moore

  • Marco Britti
    Marco Brittiover 6 years ago

    beautiful Sarah

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