There are a number of intriguing aspects to the legend of Wayland Smithy…
The earliest written sources appear late and are decidedly piecemeal.
Wayland is the son of a God, Giant, or King of the Otherworld.
He is schooled in metallurgy by Dwarves, whom, in skill, he quickly surpasses.
He lives, hunts, and works alone in a region associated with wolves and bears.
One day he comes upon a swan-maiden bathing skin-less.
He finds her skin, appropriates it, and she lives with him for nine years.
At the end of which time she discovers her hidden skin and flies away.
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