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Grey Gargoyle

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Subj: Smithing gods?
Posted: Sat Nov 20, 2021 at 01:47:42 pm EST (Viewed 220 times)
Reply Subj: Honest question
Posted: Fri Nov 19, 2021 at 03:30:33 pm EST (Viewed 334 times)

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Honest question that is not intended as criticism: Why is there a God of Hammers? By title alone, Ares would be the greater deity.

I'm not saying there isn't precedent for it in mythology (there's a God of Cereal in Japanese myths), but... why would this be a prominent god worthy of story? Hammers are not a fundamental force, concept, or element.

I assume there's also a God of Beards? God of Gauntlets? Belt Buckles?

'Okay, gods, we're going to draw straws for who gets what. Zeus gets the Heavens. Neptune gets the Seas. Pluto, the underworld.'

*Hours later*

'I'm afraid we only have Hammers and Jock Straps left...'


Smithing gods are not limited to hammers only. Still, the hammer is very often their main symbol.
Usually, they are important gods of their respective pantheons.
Also, blacksmiths were often believed to be as powerful as magicians in ancient times.