In Norse mythology Mundilfari
(Possibly Old Norse
"the one moving according to particular times") is a father of Sól
, associated with the Sun, and Mani
, associated with the Moon, by Glaur
. Mundilfari is attested in the Poetic Edda
stanza 23, and in chapter 11 of the Prose Edda
, a natural satellite
of the planet Saturn
, is named after the figure.
The name appears in various forms in attestations for the figure, some of them significantly different, and various theories have been proposed for the name. John Lindow states that if the first element, mundil-
is related to mund
, meaning "period of time", then the name may be a kenning
for the Moon. Rudolf Simek also theorizes that the name may be a kenning for the Moon.
- Lindow, John (2001). Norse Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-515382-0
- Simek, Rudolf (2007) translated by Angela Hall. Dictionary of Northern Mythology. D.S. Brewer ISBN 0859915131