Reader comment on Ursula LeGuin's passage ...
On Apr 5, 2017 Craig Coss wrote:|
Even in some warrior mythologies, the powers of water are exalted. King Arthur, the model knight in England and France, was given his peerless sword, Excalibur, by Vivian, the Lady of the Lake. And after receiving his sword, the wizard Merlin asked Arthur, “Which is greater—the sword or the scabbard?” Arthur replied, “The sword, of course.” But Merlin revealed that the scabbard was the greater, for it while wearing it, Arthur could never be wounded by a blade—as water cannot be cut, but rejoins and mends itself as though nothing ever severed it.
On Apr 7, 2017 T Y wrote:
Interesting ... I had to look up the word scabbard! Mind expanding are all these thoughts!