Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)

In Greek Mythology, the Archetype of the Cunning Artificer: he built the Labyrinth of the Minotaur for King Minos, who later imprisoned him in a tower – whereupon Daedalus devised Wings which saved him but not, famously, his son Icarus. Dactylos in Terry Pratchett's The Colour of Magic (1983) sympathetically echoes Daedalus; Elof in Michael Scott Rohan's The Hammer of the Sun (1988) also constructs wings but harks back to Daedalus's artificer cognate in the Kalevala, the Smith Ilmarinen. [DRL]

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