Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)

"Light-bearer" in Latin; used in Classical mythology with reference to the planet Venus as a morning star. The name appears in Isaiah 14:12 – "How art thou Fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!" – as a translation of the Hebrew hillel ("light-bringer"), and the misinterpretation of this passage resulted in Lucifer being added to the list of names associated with Satan; it became popular in this sense following John Milton's use of it in Paradise Lost (1667). [BS]

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