See also: Wieland
Wieland , in the mythology of the Saxon immigrant in Great Britain, is the god blacksmith, just like in the Scandinavian Mythologie Völund ( Völunðr in Vieux norrois) ( poetic Edda ). He enjoyed a large celebrity to the Moyen-âge under the name of Galan, as former French.
Völund had two brothers, Egil and Slagfidur (or Slagfin). In one of the versions of the myth, the three brothers discovered Valkyrie S, princess-swans, bathing. With this intention, the three Valkyrie, Œlrun, Alvit and Svanhvit, had taken off their clothes of swan. The three brothers hid these clothes, preventing the three princesses from fleeing while flying away, and thus could marry them. A few years later, the three princesses found their costumes of swan and disappeared. The two brothers of Völund left to their research, while remained to him. In another version, Völund married the Woman-swan Hervör and had a son with it, Heime. Hervör left it a little later. In the two versions, it was only found but kept a ring of its marriage. In the first myth, it forged seven hundred copies this ring.
Thereafter, it was captured during its sleep by king Nidud of Sweden. To prevent it from fleeing, Nidud made him cut the tendons of the leg and imprisoned it on the island of Saeverstod. It forced it to forge parts for him and its family. The ring of Völund was offered to his/her daughter, Bodvild. Nidud, took its sword to him.
To be avenged, Völund killed two wire of Nidud come to see it in hiding-place. It made goblets with their craniums which it offered to the king, of the jewels with their eyes, that it offered to the queen, and a pin with their teeth, that it offered to their daughter. When this one saw it in its turn, it allures it, putting it pregnant, then flees thanks to wings which it had made.
Völund forged the armor and the Balmung sword which were used for Beowulf to beat Grendel. In the German legend it is known as that it forged a sword for his Heime son, who was handled by Miming then by Hod. One also says that he is the Prince of the Alfes blacks, of Svartalfheim.
It is also associated with the Forge of Wieland , a funerary tomb in the County of Oxford. This monument megalithic was thus named by the Saxon ones, but it is largely former for them. From this assimilation the superstition comes according to which a horse left one night whole with a small silver coin ( groat ) would be found the completely shoed following day, the part having disappeared…
- the Völundarkvida or Völundarkviða as old man norrois “Song of Völund” is a poem of the poetic Edda telling the history of the Völund blacksmith.
- Site in English on Wayland the Smith
- Article of English Wikipédia on the funerary tomb Wayland' S Smithy
- Wieland the blacksmith is a character of the Cartoons Fables of Bill Willingham
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