There are a number of intriguing aspects to the legend of Wayland Smithy…
The earliest written sources appear late and are decidedly piecemeal.
Wayland is the son of a God, Giant, or King of the Otherworld.
He is schooled in metallurgy by Dwarves, whom, in skill, he quickly surpasses.
He lives, hunts, and works alone in a region associated with wolves and bears.
One day he comes upon a swan-maiden bathing skin-less.
He finds her skin, appropriates it, and she lives with him for nine years.
At the end of which time she discovers her hidden skin and flies away.
Wayland is then taken captive by the King of Sweden,
maimed to prevent escape and set to work on an island…
Wayland surreptitiously kills the king’s sons, turns their skulls into goblets
and presents them to the king and queen.
Their teeth he turns into a brooch…
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