Weyland the Smith

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munki
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Postby munki » Sat 03 Mar, 2007 6:32 pm

This Dude is Weyland the Smith (better picture in the next day or two, I couldn't get close to him today...).

Who can tell me his story?
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'Are we surprised that men perish, when monuments themselves decay? For death comes even to stones and the names they bear.' - Ausonius.
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Postby tyke29 » Sun 04 Mar, 2007 12:07 am

Weyland the Smith

Credit:- RealMagick.com

Not British as such, he was imported by the Anglo-Saxons from the continent. He is known in Teutonic sources, Frankish sources, and in Scandinavia, where he is called Volund. The gist of his tale is that he loved a swan-maiden who lived with him for seven years, but disappeared at length. He pines for her, but awaits her return, making wondrous jewelry and artifacts in the meantime. Set upon by an outlaw king and his sons, he is hamstrung and marooned on a small island with a smithy at his disposal. He encompasses the death of the sons, the violation of their sister (who wears the ring he gave to his own love, stolen from him), and escapes the isle on a pair of contrived wings... He became a byword for the art of the smith, and the forging of miraculous objects; and he seems to have had a geas placed upon him with respect to his craft, to the effect that he could not refuse any commission, no matter how impossible the task, once he had been offered a payment.. Note the very typical thread of the maimed smith.
If iver tha does owt fer nowt allus do it fer thissen
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Postby munki » Sat 10 Mar, 2007 3:55 pm


This is a photo of him... Not much clearer, but between the two pics you get an idea. Does anyone know why this guy ended up on an (ostensibly Christian) cross in Leeds?
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