The Stars, Sun, and Moon

The stars were placed in the sky by the gods after they had put the heavens in place. The stars themselves were sparks of flame from Muspellheim. These sparks were placed in the sky by the gods. They, however, saved the most brilliant of the sparks for the sun and the moon.

The two shining globes that were to be the sun and the moon were placed in chariots. The steeds Arvakr and Alsvin drove the sun chariot. A shield was placed between the horses and the globe so that they would not burn up. The steed Alsvider drove the moon chariot and did not require a shield because the heat from the moon globe was much less than that of the sun. About this time the giant Mundilfari had two children. He was so proud of their beauty he named them after the bright globes. He named his daughter Sol, after the sun, and his son Mani, after the moon. The gods decided to have these two drive the chariots across the sky. Mani was not the only one in his chariot. There were also two children, Hiuki, the waxing, and Bil, the waning whom he saved from their cruel father. Their father made them carry pails of water all through the night. When the one looks at the moon one is supposed to be able to see a pail. As Sol and Mani traveled through the heavens they were chased by two vicious wolves. The wolf Skll chased Sol and the wolf Hati chased Mani. These wolves desired eating these bright objects to send the world into darkness. Once in a while one of the wolves would catch up to the bright globes and try to swallow it, resulting in an eclipse. The terrified people of Midgard would shriek so loudly that the wolf would become frightened and drop the orb. The chariot would then speed away from the wolf and the chased resumed. At the time of Ragnarok, the end of the world, the wolves will catch up to the glowing objects and swallow them whole.

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