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What do we know about the legendary smith Weland? The 13th-century Icelandic poem, the Lay of Völundr records one version of a far-older story of the magical smith, his imprisonment and subsequent violent revenge on his captors. This talk introduces the literary and archaeological evidence for early medieval smiths and the specific significance of the story of Völundr or Weland in the Early Middle Ages. This evidence sheds new light on why a Neolithic chambered tomb on the Berkshire Downs became known as ‘Wayland’s Smithy’.
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