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« Reply #15: June 25, 2011, 11:33:42 pm »

I just finished rereading Donna Gillespie's The Lightbearer. It's about a heroine from a Germanic tribe, called the Chats. Now, it's a work of fiction, but supposedly Donna Gillespie researched this stuff for 7 years to make a grand book on it. In it, as a baby, she has a sword in her crib, as supposedly iron cuts magic. And, she was prophesized as a baby to become a priestess, something her mother wanted to avoid. Also, when one of their holy women visits their home, they have to dig up the iron blade they keep buried under the threshold for protection, as the women cannot pass over it. Later, when the heroine is brought to a sacred Island, she's required to leave all her weapons and iron behind as it disrupts the work that is done there.
I just have to thank you for mentioning that book.  I read it a few years ago, and really liked it, but lost it in a move, and couldn't remember the author's name to find it again.  Now I have the author's name so I can find it again, and this makes me quite happy.

As to the original discussion, I always figured the aversion to iron was sort of like an aversion to man-made things, of which iron is a good representation, given the fae were nature creatures.  But I have absolutely nothing to back that up.

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« Reply #16: June 25, 2011, 11:38:42 pm »

I've always understood that the fay/sidhe as a whole dislike iron because they generally developed and existed independent of it so its more that it's toxic than anything else.

But I've also read that there is a clear difference between cold iron - that which is found and used and not forged, and forged/hot iron. The latter being hugely dangerous the former being merely unpleasant and obnoxious.

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