Friday, 17 March 2017


"'Goibniu, Lord of Iron!'"
-SM Stirling, The Protector's War (New York, 2006), Chapter Sixteen, p. 428.

I had never heard of Goibniu but he is easily googled and seems to be a kindred spirit to Vulcan and Wayland. We recognize "Vulcan" as the name of a planet in Star Trek and "Wayland" as the name of a planet in Poul Anderson's Technic History.

Blacksmith gods were important when blacksmiths were important and that technological level returns in SM Stirling's Change/Emberverse series. "Smith" is the commonest surname in England and "John Smith" is the commonest name.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

And of course Astrid Larsson and her fellow Tolkien enthusiasts and literalists would venerate Aule, the angelic Vala who was also a blacksmith and artificer! Aule is fairly prominent in THE SILMARILLION and was also venerated by the Dwarves.