Sköll

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"The Wolves Pursuing Sol and Mani" (1909) by J. C. Dollman.
"Far away and long ago" (1920) by Willy Pogany.

In Norse mythology, Sköll (Old Norse "Treachery")[1] is a warg that chases the horses Árvakr and Alsviðr, that drag the chariot which contains the sun (Sól) through the sky every day, trying to eat her. Sköll has a brother, Hati, who chases Máni, the moon. At Ragnarök, both Sköll and Hati will succeed in their quests.

Sköll, in certain circumstances, is used as a heiti to refer indirectly to the father (Fenrir) and not the son. This ambiguity works in the other direction also, for example in Vafþrúðnismál, where confusion exists in stanza 46 where Fenrir is given the sun-chasing attributes of his son Sköll. This can mostly be accounted for by the use of Hróðvitnir and Hróðvitnisson to refer to both Fenrir and his sons.[citation needed]

In Popular Culture[edit]

  • The song Sowelu by Wardruna mentions Skoll.
  • In Vikings the character Rollo has Skoll and his brother Hatí tattooed on his chest and arms.
  • Both Hati and Skoll are bosses in Ragnarok Odyssey.
  • Skolls are enemies in Etrian Odyssey.
  • Skolls appears as a demon in the Cavalier of the Abyss manhwa.[citation needed]
  • Skoll is the title of one the werewolf enforcers in the Anita Blake:Vampire Hunter book series, the other title being Hati.
  • Skoll is the name of a rare tamable spirit beast with a unique appearance in World of Warcraft.
  • The legend of Skoll is referenced to by Agent Dana Scully in season 2, episode 19 of The X-Files, "Død Kalm"

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Orchard (1997:150).

References[edit]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hati_Hróðvitnisson

http://www.wowhead.com/npc=35189/skoll