Women's Goddess Retreat
September 10 - 12, 2010

 
 

Norns

Norns

The Norns in Norse mythology are female beings who rule the destiny of gods and men, and are comparable to the Fates in Greek mythology.

According to Snorri Sturluson's interpretation of the Völuspá, the three most important norns, Wyrd, Verðandi, and Skuld come out from a hall standing at the Well of Wyrd (well of fate) and they draw water from the well and take sand that lies around it, which they pour over Yggdrasill so that its branches will not rot. These norns are described as three powerful maiden giantesses.

Beside these three norns, there are many other norns who arrive when a person is born in order to determine his or her future. There were both malevolent and benevolent norns, and the former caused all the malevolent and tragic events in the world while the latter were kind and protective goddesses.

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