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Wayland: smith of the gods

Mackley, J. S. (2012) Wayland: smith of the gods. Paper presented to: 6th Nordic-Celtic-Baltic Folklore Symposium: "Supernatural Places", University of Tartu, Estonia, 2012-06-01.

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Abstract: This paper considers the origins of the legend of Wayland, the Anglo-Saxon mythological smith. The origins of the Wayland legend come from Scandinavia but have roots in classic literature. Almost all literary references to Wayland have been lost and it is believed that a feast day dedicated to Wayland has been Christianised; however, it is possible to trace his legend through some lines of poetry and through objects such as the Franks Casket. A Neolithic burial site in Berkshire was appropriated as the place where travellers would leave their horses to be shod by the supernatural smith
Uncontrolled Keywords: Wayland, Weland, Volundr, Wayland's Smithy, Franks Casket, St Clement, Clemming, White Horse, mythology, Folklore, Deor, Volundarkvi├░a
Creators: Mackley, J S
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: Faculties > Faculty of Education & Humanities > English and Creative Writing
Research Centres > Centre for Critical and Creative Writing
Date: 1 June 2012
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: 6th Nordic-Celtic-Baltic Folklore Symposium: "Supernatural Places"
Event Title: 6th Nordic-Celtic-Baltic Folklore Symposium: "Supernatural Places"
Event Dates: 2012-06-01
Event Location: University of Tartu, Estonia
Event Type: Other
Language: English
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: No
URI: http://nectar.northampton.ac.uk/id/eprint/11293

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