Clavileño

Clavileño
Clavileño
Don Quixote character
Created by Miguel de Cervantes
Information
Species Horse
Gender Male

Clavileño the Swift is a fictional wooden horse, notable in both European and Near Eastern folklore, also appearing in chapters 40 and 41 of the second part of the adventures of Don Quixote. It is governed by a pin in its forehead.[1]

Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are tricked into using Clavileño, believing they have flown blindfolded and have controlled the horse with a peg in its head. The Dueña Dolorida (Countess Trifaldi) asserts that she and her ladies will be free of their charmed beards if knight and squire fly in the magical horse, sent by the sorcerer Malambruno. In reality the rocking horse is inanimate and goes nowhere, while meanwhile explosives are planted near it to simulate a crash landing. Sancho Panza later goes on to say that he lifted his blindfold while "in flight" and saw the sky.[2]

In Spanish, "peg" is clavija and "wood", leño, hence the name.

Clavileño is shown by some units of the Spanish Air Force in its badges.

See also

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  • Rocinante, Don Quixote's real ride, made of flesh and blood (or rather bones and blood).

References

  1. ^ Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia (fourth edition)
  2. ^ "Don Quixote"

Sources

  • Don Quixote, chapters 40 and 41.
  • Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia (fourth edition), ISBN 0-06-270110-X.



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