Skinfaxi and Hrímfaxi

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"Dagr" (1874) by Peter Nicolai Arbo.
"Nótt" by Peter Nicolai Arbo.

In Norse mythology, Skinfaxi (Old Norse: [ˈskinˌfɑkse]) and Hrímfaxi [ˈhriːmˌfɑkse] are the horses of Dagr (day) and Nótt (night). The names Skinfaxi and Hrímfaxi mean "shining mane" and "frost mane", respectively. Skinfaxi pulls Dagr's chariot across the sky every day and his mane lights up the sky and earth below.[1][2] Similarly, "froth" is believed to fall from Hrímfaxi's bit to the earth and become dew.[2]

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  1. ^ Rowsell, Thomas (2012). Riding To The Afterlife: The Role Of Horses In Early Medieval North-Western Europe (PDF). University College London. p. 5.
  2. ^ a b Norse Mythology A to Z. Infobase Publishing. 2009. ISBN 978-1-4381-2801-6.