In the Beginning: Trees, Norse Mythology – Yggdrasil, the Sacred Tree

Friedrich Wilhelm Heine, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

“An ash I know, Yggdrasil its name,
With water white is the great tree wet;
Thence come the dews that fall in the dales,
Green by Urth’s well does it ever grow.
Thence come the maidens mighty in wisdom,
Three from the dwelling down ‘neath the tree;
Urth is one named, Verthandi the next,
On the wood they scored, and Skuld the third.
Laws they made there, and life allotted
To the sons of men, and set their fates.”

Translation by Henry Adams Bellows, lines 17-8

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