Excalibur and Dozmary Pool

February 27, 2013

Bedevere throws Excalibur back into the Lake by Aubrey Beardsley

Bedevere throws Excalibur back into the Lake by Aubrey Beardsley


Dozmary Pool, close to Colliford Lake and the source of one of the tributaries of the River Fowey, sits within a Site of Special Scientific Interest near Bolventor of Bodmin Moor. The moor itself is full of wonderful tales, legends and ghost stories and Dozmary Pool seems to have more than its fair share.

Whatever you think or believe about Authurian Legends you cannot deny the compelling and magical stories that have arisen over many many centuries. Stories born, retold, embellished, added to and rewritten until the source of the tales is lost in the distant past. Dozmary Pool is said, by some, to be the place where the dying King Arthur had his Knight Bedevere throw his sword Excalibur back to the Lady of the Lake. After Arthur’s final battle at Camlann (possibly Slaughter Bridge near Camelford) Arthur asks to be taken to the Pool so he can return his sword to the Lady of the Lake. Bedevere pretends to throw the sword into the lake, but holds back because he believes the sword and its magical owers should be available for the next King. But Arthur knows that the sword must be returned and that when it is the Lady of the Lake will receive it. When Bedevere reports that nothing happened when the sword was thrown in Arthr knows he is lying. On the third attempt Bedevere, realising he cannot fool Arthur, does throw the sword in and the Lady of the Lake stretches her arm out of the water to catch it. It has been noted that when the pool dried out in 1976 there was no sword there, but we’re talking magical things here .. so don’t expect to find Arthur’s sword at the bottom of Dozmary Pool!

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