Fate and the Norns





'The Norns, Urðr, Verðandi, and Skuld, under the world tree, Yggdrasil' by Ludwig Burger.'



Fate


In the Norse world, the threads of fate twined around everything. There was nothing in the nine worlds that could escape its clutches. Just like rowing a boat against a strong wind, it was pointless to struggle against fate. It was foretold that Odin [pronounced: oh-din], the highest of all gods, would be killed by Fenrir [fen-rear] at Ragnarok [rag-na-rock]. And yet he did not try to fight his fate. He willingly accepted it. He spent his days building his army in the halls of Valhalla [val-hal-uh], so when that day finally comes, when he is brutally torn in two by the great wolf, he can die fighting.



The Norns


They dwelt at the foot of Yggdrasil [ig-dra-sil], beside the Well of Fate. There are three of them, women older than time. They were not truly alive, but they were not dead, either. They were in-between life and death. They spent their days carving runes onto wooden blocks. They etched, even after their bones ached, even as the blood poured from their fingers. Each block tells the tale of a life, and when the Norn carves the final rune, so too ends that person's life.