Wodan’s wild hunt by Carl Emil Doepler. The Wild Hunt is an ancient folk myth prevalent across Northern, Western and Central Europe. A spectral group of huntsmen in mad pursuit across the skies.The hunters may be the dead or the fairies. Seeing the Wild Hunt was thought to presage some catastrophe such as war or plague, or death of the one who saw it. Mortals getting in the path of or following the Hunt could be kidnapped and brought to the land of the dead.
The story of the Wild Hunt is a tale found throughout both Celtic and Norse folk lore. In all the tales, the hunters are generally the same: a phantasmal, spectral group of huntsmen with the accoutrements of hunting (horns, whips, bow and arrow, etc), with horses and hounds in mad pursuit across the night skies or along the ground, or just above it.
Kurnous is the father of the Elven race and God of the Hunt, but unlike Isha worship of him is waning, except amongst the Wood Elves of the Old World who venerate him as their principal deity. Elves pray to Kurnous when hunting, when abroad in the wilderness, and for tenacity and doggedness.
In Norse mythology, the great god Odin rode an eight-legged white horse named Sleipnir, a supernatural beast capable of leaping great distances. At the height of Yuletide—on the day after the winter solstice—Odin led a great hunting party across the sky in celebration of the return of the sun.
Wotan on Sleipner — Arthur Rackham illustration for Wagner's Ring Of The Nibelung In Norse mythology, Sleipnir is Odin’s eight-legged horse — described as the best of all horses — who is sometimes ridden to the location of Hel.