At 03:49 AM 5/11/99 +1000, Graeme Bailey wrote:
>These early stories in Celtic and other European culture are very numerous,
>the smiths are usually short, swarthy, stocky Aesir, Vanir, Tuatha,
>Britons, Poles, Lithuanians, Estonians, Latvians etc...
There is further legend, I think Teutonic or Norse, surrounding Wayland
Smith, who was tricked, crippled, robbed and exiled, but finally took
his revenge . . . Look it up.
Note also that that smiths, like itinerant tinkers, horse-traders, poets
musicians and preachers, were badly persecuted by the Church, especially
from about the turn of the 12C.