Crippled Smith
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Basic Information

The crippled smith is a mythic archetype consisting of a smith who is physically disabled in some way - normally lacking full use of his legs as exemplified by the Greek smith-god Hephaestus.

This has a variety of levels - not least the contrast between the physical strength expected of a smith and the disability.

Like most archetypes, this one is quite old, and is thought to derive from the bronze age where many ancient redsmiths were exposed to arsenic poisoning in the course of their work - either from natural contamination of their copper supply or direct use of arsenic to substitute for rare tin in the bronze making. Arsenic poisoning is know to cause nerve damage and loss of leg function can be a part of that.


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