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The smith was an integral part of Euro-medieval life, and various legends grew up, regarding, among others, '''Wayland''' (whose name was attached to a prehistoric barrow grave on the Wiltshire Downs in southern [[England]]). Wayland originated with the [[Saxon]]s, but he became seen, rather than as a god, as an [[elf]], who could therefore be hired to do work for mortals. So a horse that needed shoeing would be left at a ritual site, with one or two copper pennies as payment, overnight, in the faith that, by morning the necessary would have been done.
 
The smith was an integral part of Euro-medieval life, and various legends grew up, regarding, among others, '''Wayland''' (whose name was attached to a prehistoric barrow grave on the Wiltshire Downs in southern [[England]]). Wayland originated with the [[Saxon]]s, but he became seen, rather than as a god, as an [[elf]], who could therefore be hired to do work for mortals. So a horse that needed shoeing would be left at a ritual site, with one or two copper pennies as payment, overnight, in the faith that, by morning the necessary would have been done.
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Revision as of 19:34, 23 May 2006

A smith was an individual who undertakes a trade involving the construction of metal objects.

A smith was a common trade or occupation and would contribute to the prevalence of the surname Smith.


Examples of smiths include:

The smith was an integral part of Euro-medieval life, and various legends grew up, regarding, among others, Wayland (whose name was attached to a prehistoric barrow grave on the Wiltshire Downs in southern England). Wayland originated with the Saxons, but he became seen, rather than as a god, as an elf, who could therefore be hired to do work for mortals. So a horse that needed shoeing would be left at a ritual site, with one or two copper pennies as payment, overnight, in the faith that, by morning the necessary would have been done.