Are there any other mythological beings that got a replacement metal arm, other than Nuada, Lugh Llaw Ereint, and Sigurd?

I found these three from the Mythology section in TV Tropes:

  • The Battle of Magh Tuireadh relates how Nuada, king of the Tuatha Dé Danann, lost an arm in combat and received a functional replacement crafted of silver.

  • The same tale is ascribed to Lugh Llaw Ereint in the Welsh mythological cycle Y Mabinogion and may spring from the same Ur-Root.

  • There is a variation of a Norse myth involving Sigurd and his battle with the dragon Fafnir. During the fight his hand is bitten off, but he afterwards receives a fully articulate metal replacement with intricate wiring in place of tendons.

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    Do Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker count, or no because it was just the hand? Dec 6, 2015 at 21:06
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    @LaurenIpsum Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker do not count because they aren't characters from mythological texts/stories, despite whatever Joseph Campbell has said about them.
    – user62
    Dec 6, 2015 at 22:51
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    @Hamlet Point. :) I think Star Trek is in a better position to be presented as modern mythology than Star Wars. It's more internally coherent and directly addresses any number of moral questions. Dec 7, 2015 at 1:39
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    @LaurenIpsum but what mythology is coherent when you really come down to it. They all have "WTF?" moments, leaps of faiths, and stories that contradict themselves. Jan 21, 2016 at 7:21
  • Captain Hook?
    – Spencer
    May 14, 2018 at 23:24

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If Grimms Märchen (AKA Fairy Tales) count, KHM 1812/57 #31 “The Maiden Without Hands” can be looked at. In this text, in later versions (1819 and after) the girl asks her father to chop off her hands so that the devil can not take her. He does this and she cries so much on the stumps that she became “pure” and the devil could not get her. She leaves her father and marries a king. He has silver hands made for her. In the first edition of the KHM, her hands grow back when she wraps her arm stumps around a tree three times at the bidding of an old man. Her silver hands are replaced with real ones through God’s Grace of her piety. Of course a lot more happens. Different versions of the text describe it differently.

  • Interesting, but she's not worshipped as a god... I'm starting to think "Metal Arm God" is only a thing in (Northern?) Europe for whatever reason.
    – Malady
    May 19, 2018 at 11:08

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