(Will). The “smallest of pedants.”(Steele: The Tatler.)
). Mythic beings to whom is ascribed the discovery of iron.
Their number was originally three—the Smelter, the Hammer, and the
Anvil; but was afterwards increased to five males and five females,
whence their name Dactyls or Fingers.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894