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(2597) Arthur

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1980 PN. Discovered 1980 Aug. 8 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named for the central figure of the Arthurian legends of medieval England. In his youth, Arthur pulled the sword Excalibur {see planet  (9499)} out of a rock where all others had failed. This feat entitled him to become king. He established a castle at Camelot {see planet  (9500)} wherein he placed a Round Table, around which all knights who were worthy sat as equals with Arthur, and for many years the kingdom flourished in this spirit of democracy. (M 7157)

Name proposed by F. Pilcher.

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