Dellingr (Old Norse, possibly, "the dawn" or "the shining one") is a god in Norse mythology. Dellingr is mentioned in the poetic edda, compiled in the 13th century by early traditional sources, and in the prosaic edda, written in the same century by Snorri Sturluson.
In both sources, he is described as the father of Dag, the personification of the day. The Prosaic Edda adds that he is the third husband of Nótt, the personification of night. He is also mentioned in the legendary Hervararar saga ok Heiðreks. Scholars have proposed that Dellingr is the personification of twilight, and his name may appear in both a surname and an English place name.
Dellingr is referenced in the poetic edda in the poems of Vafþrúðnismál and Hávamál. In stanza 24 of Vafþrúðnismá, the god Odín (disguised as "Gagnráðr") asks the jötunn Vafþrúðnir where the days, nights, and their moons come from. In stanza 25, Vafþrúðnir answers him:
Dellingr hight he who the day's father is,
but night was of Nörvi born;
the new and waning moons the beneficient powers created,
to count the years for men.
In Hávamál, the dwarf Þjóðrœrir is mentioned performing an unnamed spell "at the gates of Dellingr":
For the fifteenth I know what the dwarf Thiodreyrir
sang before Dellingr's doors.
Strength he sang to the Æsir, and to the Alfar prosperity,
wisdom to Hroptatyr.
In the poem Fjölsvinnsmál, Svipdagr asks him "What is it that a god has made for this great hall I see in here?" Fjölsviðr answers him with a list of names, including Dellingr. In a stanza of the poem Hrafnagaldr Óðins, the appearance of Dag, a horse, and a chariot are described, and Dag himself is described as "the son of Dellingr."
In chapter 10 of the Edda Prosaica in the book Gylfaginning, the hallowed figure of the Most High, one of Odin's many names, mentions that Dellingr is a god and the third husband of Nótt. The couple gave birth to Dag, who also inherited his father's features and was described by many people as "bright and beautiful". Odin placed Dellingr's son, Dag, and his wife, Nótt, in heaven, so that in this way they could travel through it with their horses and chariots every 24 hours.
According to scholars, there are five riddles in the poem Heiðreks gátur that are also found in the legendary Hervararar saga saga ok Heiðreks whenever the phrase "gates of Dellingr" (Old Norse Dellings durum) is used. As an example, in one stanza where the phrase is used Gestumblindi (Odin in disguise) poses the following riddle:
What strange marvel,
did I see without,
in front of Dellingr's door;
its head turning
to Hel downward,
but its feet ever seek the sun?
This riddle ponder,
O prince Heidrek!
'Your riddle is good,
Gestumblindi,' said the king;
'I have guessed it.
It is the leek;
its head is fast in the ground,
but it forks as it grows up.'