On a day when mimer had gone on a journey, Veliant, the foreman, so far forgot himself as to strike the boy.
Prince though he was, mimer would see if he could not get rid of his tormentor.
Soon after this mimer found that Siegfried longed to see the world and make himself famous.
The armourer agreed, and Siegfried remained at mimer's workshop.
"We will try it," said mimer, and called together all the boys, and took them to a little stream near the shop.
mimer, the keeper, was so old that he could remember everything that had ever happened.
And this smith mimer was a wonderful master,—the wisest and most cunning that the world had ever seen.
So he resolved to win a draught from mimer's well, if in any way that could be done.
And with Hnir he sent mimer the wise, whom he took from his lonely well.
But this was because mimer whispered in Hnir's ear all the wisdom that he uttered.
c.1600, "a buffoon who practices gesticulations" [Johnson], from French mime (16c.) and directly from Latin mimus, from Greek mimos "imitator, mimic, actor, mime, buffoon," of unknown origin. In reference to a performance, 1640s in a classical context; 1932 as "a pantomime."
1610s, "to act without words," from mime (n.). The transferred sense of "to imitate" is from 1733 (Greek mimeisthai meant "to imitate"). Meaning "to pretend to be singing a pre-recorded song" is from 1965. Related: mimed; miming.