Thursday, August 25, 2016

Word from Mythology: Friday

Today's word from mythology is Friday, is from the name of the Germanic goddess of married love, Frigg, wife of Odin. The Old English form of the word is frigedaeg, Frigga's day.

The Latin name for the day is dies Veneris, the day of Venus, goddess of love (compare venerdì in Italian, vendredi in French, and viernes in Spanish).

The image below shows Frigg riding a chariot pulled by rams in an illustration by Arthur Rackham for Richard Wagner's Die Walküre.

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