the dictionary of norse mythology


BIL AND YUKI BIL AND HJUKI the Waxing and Waning Moon The two earth children stolen by mani, the man of the Moon, to help him drive his chariot across the skies. They were the children of vidfinn, who had sent them to fetch water from the spring byrgir in a pail carried between them on a pole. Legend has it that the shadows we see on the Moon are those of the two children carrying their pail of water.A 19th-century Englishman, the Reverend S. Baring-Gould, in Curious Myths of the Middle Ages 1866 claimed that the popular nursery rhyme about Jack and Jill, who went up the hill to fetch a pail of water had its origin in the ancient tale of Bil and Yuki.See also Sun and Moon, under creation.

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