(Will). The “smallest of pedants.”(Steele: The Tatler.)
(The). 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