Now, we all know that the story of a Lady in a Lake giving the great Excalibur to King Arthur is nothing more than a fairy tale, but it is a fun one, and harmless. The fact that this little girl found a sword in the lake, is even more fun. Then comes along this guy...
That guy is Mark Wilkins. Mark claims to have thrown the sword into the lake back in the 80's. He claims that he used to do battle reenactment with this sword and threw it in the lake back int he 80's as a tribute to the gods. He says he doesn't want to steal any of the little 7 years old's thunder, just a backstory of where the sword came from.
Here is the problem with Mark that I have.
First, if you don't want to steal her thunder, then why say anything at all? Let the little girl have her fun and let their be magic in the air for her. Why ruin that?
Second, that is pretty vague timeline there... an entire decade? Could you be a little more descriptive of when you "honored the gods" and threw the sword in there if it is yours?
Third, he claims that people can attest to it being his sword because he used to, after a few drinks of course, go and knight people on the street with this sword. Sounds like a good plan, huh? Get drunk and go down the street with a sword at peoples neck and head?
Fourth, the sword itself is a cheap fantasy wall hanger. It would not stand up to actual battle. So the story he initially said about using it in battle, I find hard to believe. It is from Battle Orders UK, which he got from the mail, and they specialize in movie wall hanger reproductions.
Finally, when you add all of it up, if this was Mark's sword that the cute little seven year old pulled out of the lake where the mythological Excalibur originated, then the story of how it ended up in the lake seems more likely to have happened like this: Mark had a wall hanger that he used to take to the pubs with him because he thought it was funny. He got three sheets to the wind and in a drunken stupor chunked the cheap sword into the lake. This would be why he cant say when he threw it in other than "in the 80's". He is trying to get in on the fame at this point.
I don't buy it.
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