Popular Culture Review 29.1 (Spring 2018) - Page 141

The Blacksmith By Todd Moffett Abstract: One of the earliest literary archetypes is the Blacksmith, a figure who appears in mythologies worldwide. Archaeological evidence of the Blacksmith’s trade may go as far back as 5000 BC, and stories about the Blacksmith may be just as old. In some cultures, the smith, the flint knapper, and the potter are inextricably interwoven. Yet the Blacksmith is an ambiguous figure whose inventions both help and harm humankind. Two main storylines surround the Blacksmith, the first being a quest to transform baser materials to gold, and the second being the invention of the Fantastic Machine. As a secondary character, the Blacksmith is often portrayed as the weapons master of the Chief or Warrior or as the craftsman of the gods. One final note focuses on a peculiar physical detail: The Blacksmith is often depicted as crippled or blinded. Keywords: literary archetypes, Blacksmith archetype, quest narrative, alchemy, mythology Resumen: Uno de los primeros arquetipos literarios es el herrero, una figura que aparece en mitologías de todo el mundo. La evidencia arqueológica del oficio de herrero podría venir desde antes del año 5000 a.C., y las historias de herreros podrían ser igual de antiguas. En algunas culturas, el herrero, el tallador de pedernal y el alfarero están insolublemente entrelazados. Sin embargo, el herrero es una figura ambigua cuyos inventos tanto ayudan, como perjudican a la humanidad. Dos narrativas principales rodean al herrero, la primera es la búsqueda de transformar materiales básicos en oro, y la segunda es el invento de la máquina fantástica. Siendo un personaje secundario, el herrero está 141