The sword is a symbol rich in meaning in all cultural traditions.
It represents power as a beneficial force, purity and nobility of purpose.
It is a mark of virtue, skill, justice, dignity and faith.
In many ancient stories, especially in the Carolingian period, the hero is magically given a sword.
This sword bestows virtue and balance upon its receiver so that he may overcome the innumerable trials of life. The person becomes a hero, reaching a state of higher consciousness and knowledge.
In western mythology, the sword is a symbol of life force.
It represents divine power, the sovereignty of kings, and is transfigured into light by virtue of the bright glint of its blade.
In the East, the Japanese sacred sword is born from light itself.
Ancient China proclaimed the existence of a male and a female sword, both ritually forged in the Kunlun Mountains. Furthermore a woman who unsheathes a sword in a dream is seen as an omen of good fortune.
Even in the West, swords are not always wielded in the hands of men. Some are used by noble heroines.
The sword that hangs by the side of kings, heroes and knights-errant (Roland, Olivier, Charlemagne, Ganelon and King Arthur) always has an evocative femal name: Balmung, Nagelring, Durendal, Joyeuse, Curtana, Meurglys and Excalibur.