Balyn gives it a tug, is successful. Balyn is a poor knight and is not even well dressed, but he is worthy. Lady Lyle wants the sword back, but Balyn refuses to give it back.
Balyn’s sword is a cursed sword, Arthur’s sword is charmed. A sword represents the holders personal and moral limits. Arthur’s 1st sword (of the rock) broke because he was not to kill Pellinore. Swords r talismans calling forth adventures