Thursday Myths & Legends 101: Nyx

Nyx by A-u-R-e-L @ DeviantArt

In Greek mythology, Nyx was the primordial goddess of the night. I’ve always had a kind of fascination with primordial deities, particularly because of the personification involved. It works serious wonders on the imagination to try and picture what the personification of night must have been like, both in looks and personality. She is considered the mother of other personified gods, such as Hypnos and Thanatos, Sleep and Death respectively, as well as gods we’ve already covered here at Hollow Tree, Aether and Charon.

Though not much is said about Nyx, she is known for her incredible power and beauty. So much so in fact, that in Homer’s the Illiad, not even Zeus is brave enough to confront her about her son Hypnos’ meddling in his affairs.

Interestingly enough, despite her obvious importance as ‘night’, there is a real lack of myths centering around Nyx, always having her appear somewhere in the background of her children’s stories. This might be because of the great fear and respect of her power. In fact, a statue was found dedicated to Nyx in the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus.

The only modern reference I could find of her was in the House of Night series by Kristen and P.C. Cast. But I would love to see more appearances by her. I feel with so little written about her, the possibilities are endless.

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Isabelle is a multi-published author who dabbles in 1950s romance, speculative science fiction, and more recently fantasy and YA. A twenty something dreamer who loves chocolate, romance novels, and heart wrenching movies, Isabelle is most comfortable on stage behind a microphone belting out her favorite karaoke tunes, or curled up in bed with a book and a cup of cocoa on a rainy night. View all posts by Isabelle

3 responses to “Thursday Myths & Legends 101: Nyx

  • Lisa

    That’s a gorgeous image. There really ought to be a story told about this woman.

  • pickles

    there really does need to be a stotry somewhere in history!im having a report on her there is absolutly NOTHING on this chick! i hope i can find somthing

    • bird

      I have exactly the same problem. If anyone finds something can you please tell me? I haven’t found ANYTHING of consequence on her. At all. And I have to write a monologue about her. Thank you:)

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