The famous sword. This was the name given to the sword by romantic writers after Geoffrey of Monmouth first mentioned it as Caliburn. There are different stories surrounding the sword, as there are many variations on the legend itself. One tells of Arthur, as a young boy, removing the sword from a stone from which no other man was able to take it. The other tells of how Arthur received the sword from the lady in the lake. It is believed that the sword that Arthur drew from the stone was not Excalibur and that it was the sword that Merlin arranged for Arthur to receive from the lake was the famous sword.