The Russian God of darkness, thought to be the cursed twin of Bielebog, the god of light. Little is known about Czernobog other than his black appearance and his hammer weapon. Gaiman interprets Czernobog and Bielebog as two halves of the same man, with different aspects coming out in different seasons. The gruff, blood-obsessed Czernobog rules over the winter and agrees to help Shadow and Mr. Wednesday only because Shadow promises to give Czernobog the chance to smash Shadow’s skull with a hammer. After Czernobog turns into Beilebog in spring, though, he has mercy on Shadow.
Czernobog (Bielebog) Character Timeline in American Gods
The timeline below shows where the character Czernobog (Bielebog) appears in American Gods. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...a crack and gruffly asks what “Grimnir” wants. Wednesday promises information to his old friend Czernobog, and the man (Czernobog himself) opens the door, smoking an unfiltered cigarette, but does not... (full context)
...third sister, but Zorya Verchernyaya says that Zorya Polunochnaya is still asleep. As they eat, Czernobog tells his sisters that Shadow’s checkers victory means that Czernobog has to accompany Wednesday on... (full context)
...pay the same as they would at a hotel. Zorya Utrennyaya goes to bed while Czernobog, Zorya Verchernyaya, Wednesday, and Shadow eat a delicious store-bought apple pie. Wednesday compliments Shadow on... (full context)
...the next time she comes back. Zorya Polunochnaya then brings up the checkers game and Czernobog’s prize, explaining that people in the old days would sacrifice people to Czernobog by smashing... (full context)
...heard about Wednesday. Shadow recognizes the voice, realizing that the officers are Mr. Nancy and Czernobog. Shadow thanks them for getting him out, and asks if Wednesday is really dead. Mr.... (full context)
...chapter starts with Greg Brown’s song, “In the Dark with You.” Shadow, Mr. Nancy, and Czernobog reach Minneapolis and meet up with some of the other Old Gods. Alviss, the barrel-chested... (full context)
...in his stomach. They keep driving, back north to Kansas where it is still winter. Czernobog forces them to stop in a meadow outside Cherryvale, Kansas, where mortals once sacrificed people... (full context)
...deliriously cites the opening lines of Yeats’ “Second Coming,” ending at “the center cannot hold.” Czernobog and Mr. Nancy speak of the Old Gods’ obligation to give blood for blood, making... (full context)