Norse Mythology

The Mighty Gods of the Vikings...

MANI

Norse Moon God

Picture of the Norse Moon God Mani from our Norse mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Moon God. Every night he exits pursued by a wolf

The brother of Sol the Sun, he flies through the night sky in his horse-driven chariot, chased by a hateful wolf. Whenever the wolf gets too close, a lunar eclipse takes place.

Here’s a cute thing. Mani was pestered by a little girl called Bil and her brother Hjuki, who were messing about with his reflected image in a well. So he whisked them away and now keeps them busy putting spots on the moon and helping to roll it around. (Is it being used for some great celestial game of soccer?)

The tale of Hjuki and Bil is said to be the origin of the nursery rhyme Jack and Jill.

Mani Facts and Figures

Name: Mani
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Male
Type: God
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: the Moon
Area of expertise: Moon

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 1931

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Article last revised on August 07, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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