Tizona (Sword)Tizona - The sword of El Cid and a Spanish national treasure.  Tizona translates as "Burning Stick" or "Firebrand".  According to the Cantar de Mio Cid ("The Poem of El Cid"), which is the oldest surviving epic poem of Spain (and an important source of El Cid's life), he won the sword from King Yucef of Valencia.  And a metallurgical analysis of the sword revealed a composition partly of Damascus steel, seeming to confirm its Moorish origin.  Also, according to the poem, it possessed certain magical powers, chief of which was its ability to strike fear in the hearts of its opponents.  It was actually one of two famous swords wielded by the Spaniard; the other being La Colada.