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I remember king Arthur well, back when I was young,

when I landed on the rising sun.

Back when I was flat and dull,

I folded to the pressure, and grew my wings.

Now I'm very skilled and artistic.

1000 is a legend, it's like a dream come true.

What am I?

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Are you an

Origami crane

I remember king Arthur well, back when I was young,

not sure about this one. I did find some reference to a Walter Crane that illustrated a version of King Arthur's tales, but that doesn't really fit the rest of my theory.

when I landed on the rising sun.

I believe this is referring to Japan

Back when I was flat and dull,

paper is normally flat and dull

I folded to the pressure, and grew my wings.

but after you fold it a few times (using pressure), you can create some wings.

Now I'm very skilled and artistic.

Origami is considered an art form

1000 is a legend, it's like a dream come true.

There is a legend that a survivor of Hiroshima (or Nagasaki) tried to make 1000 origami cranes before she died, but passed away before she could complete them. The goal was to fulfill a dream of world peace, because the crane is auspicious. Fellow survivors supposedly finished the cranes after she passed and buried her with all 1,000 in order to fulfill the dream.

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  • $\begingroup$ Well done! Apologies if the king Arthur was confusing, I was trying to indicate the time when origami began, in about the 6th century. $\endgroup$ – Melkor Jun 23 '16 at 20:34
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A sword

I remember king Arthur well, back when I was young,

Sword in the stone reference

when I landed on the rising sun.

Possible reference to the heat of a kiln, or a reference to the origin of the metal

Back when I was flat and dull,

Started off as a sheet of metal

I folded to the pressure, and grew my wings.

Metal is folded to create a stronger blade. Wings could be a reference to the hilt

Now I'm very skilled and artistic.

Swordmaking requires skill and is commonly viewed as an art

1000 is a legend, it's like a dream come true.

It's said that katanas are folded 1000 times. That more likely means they have been folded about 10 times to create 1000 layers (2^10 = 1024)

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  • $\begingroup$ Good try, but not the right answer $\endgroup$ – Melkor Jun 23 '16 at 18:22

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