Roland

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Roland
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First appearance: "Treasure of the Skull Cave"
Created by: Lee Falk & Sy Barry


Roland was a Frankish military leader under Emperor Charlemagne in the 8th century. Many legends have grown around his last stand at the Battle of Roncevaux Pass, his oliphant horn and his sword Durandal.

Biography within Phantom comics

Roland was the most famous of the knights/ Paladins who served Emperor Charlemagne in the 8th century. In the year 778 after liberating a great deal of Spain, Charlemagne was retreating through the Pyrenees with Roland bringing up the rear-guard. Roland and his 20 thousand men were betrayed and attacked by 400 thousand Saracens. Despite repeated requests of his friend Oliver, Roland refused to blow his oliphant horn which would have summoned Charlemagne. To keep the emperor safe he decided to take a stand at the Roncevalles pass and fought till only 60 men remained The Horn of Roland and blew the horn only when his friend Oliver also died. The Legend of the Swords, Part 2: Durandal He blew so hard that the horn and a vein in his neck broke and he died in the battlefield. The Horn of Roland His legendary sword Durandal was presented to Count Henri de Cambrai by Charlemagne.


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Appearances

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Daily & Sunday stories

Title Writer Artist Comments
"Treasure of the Skull Cave" Falk Barry in flashback only

Team Fantomen stories

Title Writer Artist Comments
"The Legend of the Swords, Part 2: Durandal" Worker Vallvé in flashback only
"The Horn of Roland" Worker Cruz in flashback only

Fratelli Spada stories

Title Writer Artist Comments
"The Yellow Avalanche" Fratelli Spada creators Cambiotti, Belardinelli mentioned only

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