He was born in a time before runes, back when man struggled to survive and they held an alliance with the dwarves. When he was young, his father told him a tale about a mage that had visited his shop for basic tools like hammers. The old man wanted to learn of the magicks, so he snuck out in the middle of the night to find the man.
He was one of many who went to the man for teaching, and the man demonstrated a basic spell. They trained under him, learning and growing stronger. Before long, they had learned magic such as telekinesis and alchemy. The group also learned how to craft magical runes, allowing those less gifted to use magic. When he was done training, he returned home to his parents, who were angry that he had left without warning. He showed them how to smelt using magic.
He did not tell all that he knew, for he feared the knowledge would be used for evil.