-beam" or "elf-beam") is a term and common kenning
in Norse mythology
. It is ambiguous, referring both to the rider (the sun herself) and to the sun-chariot of the sun goddess Sol
. Álfröðull is pulled by two horses, Arvak
. The chariot is pursued by the wolf Skoll. According to Norse mythology, prior to Ragnarök
, Álfröðull will give birth to a daughter and then be eaten by the wolf, but the daughter will take her place.
According to the poem Vafþrúðnismál
- "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."
- Faulkes, Anthony (Trans.) (1995). Edda. Everyman. ISBN 0-4608-7616-3
- Orchard, Andy (1997). Dictionary of Norse Myth and Legend. Cassell. ISBN 0 304 34520 2