Norns the Goddesses of fate in Norse Mythology 2017-02-11T19:54:36+00:00

The three Norns

What is a Norn?

There are three Norns (Old Norse: “Nornir”) in Norse mythology and they live at the well Urd in Asgard (home of the Gods and Goddesses). Their names are Urd “What Once Was” (Old Norse “Urðr”), Verdandi “What Is Coming into Being” (Old Norse “Verðandi”) and Skuld “What Shall Be” (Old Norse “Skuld”), the three Norns are the Goddesses of fate in Norse mythology. They spend most of their time spinning the threads of life, and deciding the fate of all living beings. The Norns does this by sitting at the root of Yggdrasil and weave the faith of every child into a web or thread.

The three Norns starts every morning by placing a rooster at the top of Yggdrasil. The crowning of the rooster is a wake up call for all the Gods and Goddesses in Asgard. Every morning the Norns also carry water from Urd’s well, and pour it over Yggdrasil the tree of life. The water from this well is very important to to keep Yggdrasil green and healthy. The Norns was very respected in Viking age, it was quite common to serve a woman who had just given birth to a child some porridge, they called this porridge for “Norn porridge”. The Vikings believed the Norns were always nearby whenever a child was born. The porridge was considered an offering to the Norns, They hoped the porridge would please the Norns and secure good health for the mother and the child.

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“The Norns Urd, Verdandi, and Skuld under the tree of life Yggdrasil” by Ludwig Burger (1882)