Árvakr and Alsviðr

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In Norse mythology, Árvakr (Old Norse "early awake"[1]) and Alsviðr (Old Norse "very quick"[2]) are the horses which pull the sun, or Sol's chariot, across the sky each day.[2] It is said that the gods fixed bellows underneath the two horses' shoulders to help cool them off as they rode.[3]

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  1. ^ Simek (2007:19).
  2. ^ a b Simek (2007:10—11).
  3. ^ Matthews, John and Caitlin (2005). The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures. Harper Element. p. 17. ISBN 978-1-4351-1086-1.