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Major General Stanley18 Feb 2021 4:18 p.m. PST

I recently watched the mini-series on El Cid. Its not bad! His sword takes center stage. It started me thinking: in 1974 i went to the CNE (Canadian National exhibition) and gazed at the sword of El Cid in the Spanish exhibition. Later that week the building burnt down and the sword was destroyed. However when I googled El Cid's sword I discovered that it still existed! So what was destroyed in the fire?

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP18 Feb 2021 6:14 p.m. PST

Which sword? Colada or Tizon?

Major General Stanley19 Feb 2021 2:30 a.m. PST

I don't know. I was pretty young. There was definitely a sword and there was definitely a fire but his swords still seem to exist.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP19 Feb 2021 3:33 a.m. PST

Hmm. Let's try again. The Cid had at least two named swords and a long career, and he unaccountably failed to engrave his serial number on his equipment. Steel doesn't burn very well anyway, but even if one were destroyed, it would take an impressive disaster to wipe out every sword said to have been the Cid's.

Legionarius19 Feb 2021 7:55 a.m. PST

The two swords were Tizona and Colada. Two swords believed to be the Cid's are in Spain. No one knows for sure whether the attribution to El Cid is authentic and the grips are definitely late 15th or early 16th century. Colada is part of a sword collection at the Royal Palace in Madrid. Tizona is now at the Museum in Burgos--the Birthplace of El Cid.
Colada could mean "melted steel in Spanish." Tizona, derives from Tizon, or torch; thus "fiery sword."

42flanker20 Feb 2021 1:24 a.m. PST

Tizon, or torch; thus "fiery sword."

or perhaps 'bright,' 'shining'

c.f the equivalent archaic use of the word 'brand' in English to refer figuratively to a sword as well as a torch.

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