The goddess Nótt and her kindred

Translation by Bjǫrn Mánagoði

« A giant who dwelled in Jǫtunheimr was named Nǫrfi or Narfi. He had a daughter named Nótt. She was of dark skin and dark hair, like the others of her kindred. She was the bride of a man named Naglfari. Their son is named Auðr. Later she married a man named Annarr. Their daughter is named Jǫrð. And lastly she had Dellingr, of the Æsir’s kindred. He was bright and beautiful as his father. Therefore Óðinn took Nótt and her son Dagr, gave them two horses and two chariots and sent them in the sky, to make them ride twelve hours each around the Earth. Nótt runs first, on her horse named Hrimfaxi, which every morning wets the soil with the burr of its mouth. Instead, Dagr’s horse is named Skinfaxi, because its coat lights all the earth and sky. »

Original text, taken from Gylfaginning, Younger Edda, chapter 10

« Nǫrfi eða Narfi hét jǫtunn er bygði í Jǫtunheimum. Hann átti dóttur er Nótt hét. Hon var svǫrt ok døkk sem hon átti ætt til. Hon var gipt þeim manni er Naglfari hét. Þeira sonr hét Auðr. Því næst var hon gipt þeim er Annarr hét. Jǫrð hét þeira dóttir. Síðarst átti hana Dellingr, var hann Ása ættar. Var þeira sonr Dagr. Var hann ljóss ok fagr eptir faðerni sínu. Þá tók Allfǫðr Nótt ok Dag, son hennar, ok gaf þeim tvá hesta ok tvær kerrur ok setti þau upp á himin, at þau skulu ríða á hverjum tveim dœgrum umhverfis jǫrðina. Ríðr Nótt fyrri þeim hesti er kallaðr er Hrímfaxi, ok at morni hverjum dǫggvir hann jǫrðina af méldropum sínum. Hestr er Dagr á heitir Skinfaxi, ok lýsir allt lopt ok jǫrðina af faxi hans. »

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