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The Catching of The Sword In a monarchy when a prince is ready to succeed his father as king he not only needs to proove himself to his family but the rest of the people that he shall be the ruler of by a symbolic action Most of the time its done on the battlefield along side his men In the book The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart this action is shown by Emrys with the catching of his fathers sword on the battle field Emrys did not know that the king was his father and niether did anyone else besides the King Merlin and Ralf Which in turn caused the scene to be worth even more in the eyes of the people watching and most importantly the Kings There white on white horse the Kings fighting spirit had leaped it seemed out of his failing body and run ahead like the spark on the top of a fighting spear straight to the heart of the Saxon force This simile describes the overwhelming feeling of the King watching his son who he had not seen since birth follow in his footsteps Its something special to a father watching there son succeed themselves The king was as close to death as could be and his son not even knowing who he really was or what for that matter of fact saved him by his own sword This action also motivated the rest of the troops But the day was already won There was no man there on the field who had not seen what had happened The troops saw it as a sign from the heavens above and knew that a God was on their side that day which ever one it was seeing that Merlin foretold right as he always had in the past This scene not only shows the importance of Emrys also known as Arthur in the story but also
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