Delling, or Dellingr, ( I prefer to add the "r" as in Freyr as opposed to Frey), is one of those Gods that is seldom discussed or written about, and that is a shame, because He is a wonderful God and deserves recognition. There is not a lot in the texts about Him, but he is mentioned in both the Prose and the Poetic Eddas, and He makes an appearance in Hervarar saga ok Heidreks
In Gylfaginning it says," There was a giant living in Jotunheim called Norfi, or Narfi. He had a daughter named Nott, ( Night ). She was dark and swarthy like the family to which she belonged. Her first marriage was with a man called Naglfari, their son was called Aud. Next she was married to Annar, their daughter was called Earth. Last, Dellingr married her and was of the family of the Gods. Their son was Dagr, ( Day ), he was bright and beautiful like his father's family." Odin then placed Dagr and Nott in the sky and made them ride across it. If you go to Wikipedia, or a Mythology dictionary, they translate His name from Old Norse as Dayspring, or Shining One. I take his name to mean Dawn. For Dawn's son would be Day.
In the Lay of Svipdag, Svipdag asks, " Tell me Fjolsvip, for I fair would know, answer thou as I ask. Of the Gods who made the golden floor within the hall so high." Fjolsvip answers, " Uni and Iri, Ori and Bari, Var and Vegdrasil, Darri and Uri, and Dellingr were there." Though it says, "Of the Gods", Dellingr appears to be the only God name, the rest appear to be dwarfs. Dwarfs of course are known for their fine craftsmanship.
In Havamal it says, " I know a 15th, that the dwarf Thjodrorir chanted at Dellingr's door. Power to the Aesir, triumph to the Elves, understanding to Odin. In my opinion this makes sense if you think of Dellingr's door as the approaching dawn. Spells, or chants, are quite often spoken to the rising or the setting sun to give them more power.
In the Lay of Vathrudnir, in response to Odin's question, " Whence came day which looks down upon men, night and the waning moon." Vathrudnir answers, " The shining one is Day's father, Night is a giants daughter, the new and waning moons were made by the Gods so that men could measure time."
To me Dellingr is the God of new beginnings. As He awakes, His first light, in turn, wakes us every morning, and takes away the darkness, fear, and uncertainty that goes with Nott, (Night ). He is the hope and the promise of a fresh start and the fulfillment of what is already begun. He lifts our spirits and gives us the strength to face his son Dagr. To accomplish all of this he expends a lot of his strength and can only spend a short time with us. It is his sons duty to remain with us until the darkness falls again.
All Hail Dellingr, the God of hope and new beginnings ! He blesses us every morning with first light and because of this He should be honored at dawn. I raise my coffee cup to him every morning in honor and gratitude for all he does for us. All Hail Dellingr !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !