Nyx was the primordial goddess of the night.


Nyx was the personification of the night. Nyx was typically portrayed with wings or as a charioteer. She was, also, sometimes crowned with an aureole of dark mist.


Nyx would draws the mists of Erebus across the sky to block out the light of Aether and bring about the night. Then, Hemera would scatter these mists to bring back the day.

The IliadEdit

In the Iliad, Hypnos reminds Hera of a favor she once asked of him. Hera asked Hypnos, the god of sleep, to put her husband, Zeus, to sleep so she could cause misfortune on Zeus' illegitimate son, Heracles. After waking, Zeus was furious and went after Hypnos. Hypnos fled to his mother, Nyx, and Zeus, not wanting to anger Nyx, set his anger at bay. This myth shows the immense power of Nyx since even Zeus was afraid of her.


Notes and TriviaEdit

  • In Roman mythology, Nyx was known as Nox.