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Authorities Baffled After Legendary Sword in Stone Mysteriously Vanishes from Seemingly Inaccessible Location

The Durendal sword, a famous weapon protruding from stone and a cherished artifact of Rocamadour in southern France, has mysteriously vanished, according to recent reports.

The disappearance of the French town’s own version of the famous Excalibur legend, first reported by The Telegraph, has left the community grappling with the loss of what is widely regarded as its most significant historical and cultural symbol.

The weapon has long been associated with an indestructible sword wielded by Roland, the legendary knight featured in French epic literature.

Along with the mystery of the sword’s disappearance is the question of how the thief who extracted the famous sword from its embedded location managed to scale a 10-meter cliff to retrieve it.

Currently, police are investigating the disappearance of the prize artifact, which locals regard as an irreplaceable mainstay of the town and its history.

Immortalized in the 11th-century epic poem The Song of Roland, the oldest surviving major work of French literature, Durendal was said to possess magical qualities, including the ability to cut through giant boulders in a single strike.

Roland is depicted weilding Durendal during the Battle of Roncevaux in a painting by Wolf von Bibra (Public Domain).

Dominique Lenfant, the town’s mayor, said he and his fellow citizens will miss the sword following its puzzling disappearance.

“Rocamadour feels it’s been robbed of a part of itself,” Lenfant told La Dépêche, a French newspaper.

“Even if it’s a legend, the destinies of our village and this sword are entwined.”

Rocamadour, voted France’s favorite village in 2016, is not only famous for its historical legends but also for its eponymous goat’s cheese.

An investigation into Durendal’s theft continues. In the meantime, Lenfant says the town hopes for the safe return of its iconic sword, which remains a symbol of its enduring legacy and mystical charm.

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