‘Happy Simple Creature’: More on Smith’s Myth

I’ve been reading the Mabinogion over Christmas. The story of Taliesin – who puts his burnt finger to his mouth while preparing a magic potion, and thereby acquires all wisdom – led me to a similar tale in the Norse legends. Sigurd burnt his finger while cooking the heart of Fafnir the Dragon, put it to his mouth, and instantly acquired understanding of the language of birds.

And this led me back to Stevie Smith’s ‘Fafnir and the Knights‘.

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