American Gods

American Gods

Zorya Polunochnaya, or the Midnight Star (as her name means in Russian), is the Slavic goddess with control over the night and an affinity for the moon. Zorya Polunochnaya sleeps all day, then guards the sky all night so that the monsters of the constellation cannot escape and eat the world. Zorya Polunochnaya extends these protective powers by giving Shadow the silver Liberty coin that keeps him safe from the New Gods and lights his way in the Underworld.

Zorya Polunochnaya Quotes in American Gods

The American Gods quotes below are all either spoken by Zorya Polunochnaya or refer to Zorya Polunochnaya. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the William Morrow edition of American Gods published in 2013.
Chapter 4 Quotes

"You were given protection once, but you lost it already. You gave it away. You had the sun in your hand. And that is life itself. All I can give you is much weaker protection. The daughter, not the father. But all helps. Yes?" Her white hair blew about her face in the chilly wind, and Shadow knew that it was time to go back inside.
"Do I have to fight you? Or play checkers?" he asked.
"You do not even have to kiss me," she told him. “Just take the moon."

Related Characters: Shadow Moon (Baldur) (speaker), Zorya Polunochnaya
Related Symbols: Shadow’s Coins
Page Number: 83
Explanation and Analysis:

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Zorya Polunochnaya Character Timeline in American Gods

The timeline below shows where the character Zorya Polunochnaya appears in American Gods. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
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Life, Death, Desire, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
...tough stuffed cabbage rolls. Shadow inquires after the 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... (full context)
Mythology, Belief, and Community Theme Icon
Change and Growth Theme Icon
Life, Death, Desire, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
...the window in the sitting room, and Shadow realizes that this is the third sister, Zorya Polunochnaya . Zorya Polunochnaya looks younger than her sisters, with an unlined face and waist-long white... (full context)
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Deception Theme Icon
Zorya Polunochnaya climbs out the window onto the fire escape. Shadow reluctantly follows her into the freezing... (full context)
Mythology, Belief, and Community Theme Icon
Life, Death, Desire, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Shadow decides that he is dreaming, and decides to tell Zorya Polunochnaya about his dead wife’s visit last night. Zorya Polunochnaya counsels Shadow to ask what his... (full context)
Chapter 6
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Life, Death, Desire, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Deception Theme Icon
...coin is still in his hand and still cold. The coin makes Shadow think of Zorya Polunochnaya , and he is able to fall back to sleep soundly. (full context)
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Life, Death, Desire, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Deception Theme Icon
The Sacredness of American Land Theme Icon
...and Laura says that Shadow is a beacon in the darkness for her. Shadow remembers Zorya Polunochnaya ’s advice, and asks Laura what she wants. Laura says that she wants to be... (full context)
Chapter 16
Mythology, Belief, and Community Theme Icon
Change and Growth Theme Icon
Life, Death, Desire, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Deception Theme Icon
The Sacredness of American Land Theme Icon
...notices that he is wearing the same jeans and white t-shirt that he wore when Zorya Polunochnaya gave him the Liberty coin. As Shadow walks down rock steps, he sees Zorya Polunochnaya... (full context)
Mythology, Belief, and Community Theme Icon
Change and Growth Theme Icon
Life, Death, Desire, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Deception Theme Icon
...and he knows he must choose which way to go. Before deciding, he turns to Zorya Polunochnaya and gives her back the Liberty coin. Zorya Polunochnaya closes her hand on the coin... (full context)