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Evil blacksmith in Greek mythology for Halloween.


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It's new to me but with a bazillion posts on this site, may have been mentioned before:

In the Greek myth, Procrustes was a son of Poseidon with a stronghold on Mount Korydallos at Erineus, on the sacred way between Athens and Eleusis. There he had a[n iron] bed, in which he invited every passer-by to spend the night, and where he set to work on them with his smith's hammer, to stretch them to fit.  In later tellings, if the guest proved too tall, Procrustes would amputate the excess length; nobody ever fitted the bed exactly.  Procrustes continued his reign of terror until he was captured by Theseus, traveling to Athens along the sacred way, who "fitted" Procrustes to his own bed [lifted from wiki]

I'm kind of torn--I like the idea of a scoundrel blacksmith but I think this guy is a bit too Freddy Kruger for me.  Anyway, with Halloween coming up I thought it was time Smiths got the limelight for once  :rolleyes:

Plus it's a costume we ALL have available without trying.

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Yeah, he was an unpleasant demigod, I'd have to listen to his stories again to remember more. Deb got me a couple audio text books about mythology for Christmas. I remember Procrustes stories. Maybe because the name sounded like a too tempting straight line but he was a nasty one. There was a Russ blacksmith who was bad news to meet up with, got along with the Babba Yagga, kind of B A D news. I don't recall if he was Fey but maybe.

Another would kill you with his hammer if you didn't like the price of his work. Trying to stiff him was a really mistake. 

I might have to pull that book up on the Kindle, Halloween is a good time to listen to mythology. The title is, "Mythology Mega Collection," by Scott Lewis. Classic stories from: Greek, Celtic, Norse, Japanese, Hindu, Mesopotamian, and Egyptian, mythology.

Frosty The Lucky.

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