30 DoA #7: Names and Epithets

The Franks Casket

 

7. Names and epithets. 

 

Ancient/Historical

The Smith
The Blacksmith
The Master Smith
The Fairy Smith
Master of Elves
Greatest of Elves
Storm Watcher

 

Modern

The Maker
The Mender
Son of Ivaldi and Volund-Rognir-Thjazi (not sure I buy this, as Rydberg is problematic to say the least, but it would explain a Loki-link very neatly. It would also explain my pull to both Idunna/Eostre and Skadhi, which makes me wary–too good to be true!)

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2 thoughts on “30 DoA #7: Names and Epithets

  1. I had never heard of Wayland being referred to as a Fairy Smith before, although he appears in my Fairy Ring deck, and from my intuitions about him does seem to have a distinctive faerie presence of his own. The Fairy Smith who works iron… I think there’s something in that to be explored.

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    • The Fairy Smith designation is fairly late, I believe, possibly Victorian (always problematic!), but I placed it in the “historical” grouping since it’s in the same vein as his elfin epithets.

      If you’ve never read it, “Spindle’s End” by Robin McKinley has a fairy smith. It’s a wonderfully written twist on Sleeping Beauty–which I’m hoping will get some more love due to the current Maleficent crazy.

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