Considered as near magical and credited with supernatural powers.
The Aztecs called it “the gift from heaven” because it fell from the sky in meteor form.
Specialists were needed to remove iron from the ore and harden it. These specialists of Blacksmiths soon were thought of as magicians.
Iron is used to fight evil, keep fairies and demons away, in some case to keep vampires away. It was believed to ward off witches.
Now that’s one I have written about. It was more of a spell casting element. Anvil dust and iron water.
I remember! I still remember that story…. Iron water that makes me think of war water……..
So that’s why blacksmiths are so prominent in folk stories!
And fairy tales 😉