Norse Mythology: Sol

 


Sol
Pantheon: Norse Mythology

Sol is the sun goddess, daughter of Mundilfari. She is married to Glen. Sol rides through the sky in a chariot pulled by the horses Alsvid ("all swift") and Avakr ("early riser"). Below their shoulder-blades the gods inserted iron-cold bellows to keep them cool. She is chased during the daytime by the wolf Sköll who tries to devour her, just like her brother Mani is chased by the wolf Hati at night. It was believed that during solar eclipses the sun was in danger of being eaten by Sköll. Both wolves are the offspring of the giantess Angrboda who lives in the Iron Wood. Eventually, the wolf will catch her.


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