Norns the Goddesses of fate in Norse Mythology

In Gods and Creatures by Skjalden

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.

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

They spend most of their time spinning the threads of life, to decide the fate of all living beings. The three Norns does this by sitting at the root of Yggdrasil and weave the faith of every living being into a web or thread. The three Norns starts every morning by placing a rooster at the top of Yggdrasil. The sound 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 which is the tree of life. The water from this well is very important to keep Yggdrasil green and healthy.

The Norns were very respected in Viking age, and it was quite common to serve a woman who just had 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.