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"Wayland Smithy" By Leon Goodman


"Wayland Smithy" By Leon Goodman

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BEAUTIFUL LIMITED EDITION ART PRINT OF THE PAINTING

"Wayland Smithy ".

This rare and unusual print shows Wayland's Smithy near Uffington, England. Wayland's Smithy is one of the most impressive and atmospheric Neolithic (3900 B.C) burial chambers in Britain. This ancient grave became associated with Wayland, the Saxon,Viking God of metalworking, from whom it takes its name because when the Saxons arrived in England they believed that only their Gods could move such large Sarsen stones. In the painting you can see how the sarsen stones are buried one third under the ground. The Smithy is one of the most atmospheric and spiritual places in England and is steeped in Legends and Folklore.

The burial chamber is named after Wayland (Weland, Wieland, Volund, Volundr) the Saxon god of metal working, although he is often seen as one of the elven race from Alfheim rather than a god. Wayland is the same as Volundr or Volund, who is described in Norse myth, recorded from Iceland in the form of a poem. Volundr is a smith of outstanding quality, his work is so prized that a vain king called Niduth of Sweden lames him and sets him to work on an island. In revenge Volundr or Wayland kills the King's two greedy sons, fashioning goblets from their skulls.............These are seen in the painting above and below the vikings horse's head. He then rapes the King's daughter Beahilda and fashions wings with which he escapes from the Island. Before he flies off to Valhalla he lands on the archway of the palace and reveals the nature of his revenge to the King and his subjects telling him that Beahilda's child is his. Then Wayland disappeared up into the clouds.

 

Wayland flew far and wide, and eventually came to rest across the North Sea in Britain. He landed on the high downs in Berkshire, where he discovered an ancient chambered tomb which he made his home. It was here that Merlin commissioned him to make the great Excalibur for King Arthur himself! He lives there still................. It is likely that this myth travelled with the Anglo Saxons, and the tomb became associated with Wayland because of its uncanny quality. It is well known that the art of the smith was shrouded in secrecy, legend and magic, and many ancient monuments became attributed to supernatural figures. Volundr is also associated with labyrinths, and it has been suggested that the resemblance of the dilapidated tomb to a labyrinth may have led to its association with the smith god. Flibbertigibbet  (Wayland's apprentice) can also be seen in the painting working the bellows. Traditionally, Wayland still inhabited the mound and was ready to shoe a horse. The horse had to be left at the mound alone for a short period, along with the payment of a silver coin. On returning the horse would have been shod and the payment would have disappeared!!

 

................. BY THE SUPERB GOODMAN © WHO IS AN ACCOMPLISHED ARTIST HAVING BEEN A FINALIST AT THE GARRICK-MILNE PRIZE.HE HAS MANY OF HIS WORKS SOLD AT CHRISTIES. Measurements height 16 inches by 11inches................

GUARANTEED TO BE 100% ORIGINAL AND GENUINE SIGNATURE BY THE ARTIST.

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