Wayland: smith of the gods

J S Mackley

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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
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2012
Event6th Nordic-Celtic-Baltic Folklore Symposium: "Supernatural Places" - University of Tartu, Estonia
Duration: 1 Jun 2012 → …


Conference6th Nordic-Celtic-Baltic Folklore Symposium: "Supernatural Places"
Period1/06/12 → …


  • Wayland
  • Weland
  • Volundr
  • Wayland's Smithy
  • Franks Casket
  • St Clement
  • Clemming
  • White Horse
  • mythology
  • Folklore
  • Deor
  • Volundarkviða


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