31 Days of Devotion to the God Dagr: Days 7 and 8

 

  1. Discuss this Deity’s Names and epithets

 He’s called Dagr in the surviving sources, which means ‘Day.’ Hrafnagaldr Odins also gives us “Son of Dellingr.” We can surmise “Herald of Sunna,” “Keeper of Time,” and depending on the family narrative one follows, “Son of Nott,” and “Brother of Jorð,” this latter name being attested in the Skaldskaparmal.  Were I writing praise names for Him, I would include “Father of Kings.” All of these are either extant heiti or taken from surviving lore.

I haven’t written enough prayers and praise poems to this God to know what modern epithets seem appropriate. That is something I hope to remedy this year.

 

8 Discuss Variations on this deity (aspects, regional forms, etc.)

Scholar Otto Hoefler equates Dagr with the hero Svipdag, who is mentioned in the Eddic lay the Svipdagsmal, and whose name means “suddenly dawning day” (1). Svipdag courted the healing Goddess Mengloth after both seeking counsel and learning charms from his mother, the seeress and seiðkona Groa. In my own devotions to Dagr, I just don’t see this equivalency, but I mention it here anyway.

I was curious if there was an Anglo-Saxon equivalent to Dagr, but I wasn’t able to find anything. Of course, the Old English word for ‘day’ was “Daeg” but whether this was ever used to refer to a Divinity of the Day, I don’t know. Regional cultus is such a rich part of polytheism, I don’t see why Heathenry in all its iterations would be any different. I’m just beginning my explorations of Dagr and His veneration and who knows what I’ll find or where it will lead? Maybe I will find more regional forms, epithets, etc. as I progress.

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Notes:

  1. See Rudolf Simek, Dictionary of Northern Mythology, 55, 307.

About ganglerisgrove

Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at wyrdcuriosities.etsy.com.

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