or "glory-of-elves" is a term and common kenning
in Norse mythology
. It is ambiguous, referring both to the rider and to the sun-chariot of Sol and pulled by two horses, Arvak
. The chariot is pursued by the wolf Fenrir
, known as Skoll in some accounts. According to Norse mythology, prior to the end of the world, Ragnarok
, Sol will give birth to a daughter, the girl will be eaten by the wolf but the daughter will take her place. The name Asphodel is derived from this word.
The following is from Vafthruthnismal:
- "Hvaðan kemur sól
- á hinn slétta himin,
- þá er þessa hefur Fenrir farið?"
- "Eina dóttur
- ber Álfröðull,
- áður hana Fenrir fari.
- Sú skal ríða,
- þá er regin deyja,
- móður brautir mær."
Modern poetic English translation:
- "From whence will come the sun
- To span the skies,
- When Fenrir has destroyed the girl?"
- "A daughter born to Alfrodull,
- Before the Fenris wolf destroys her.
- The girl will ride her mother's paths
- When the gods are slain."