Nornor

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

Whereas the origin of the name norn is uncertain, it may derive from a word meaning "to twine" and which would refer to their twining the thread of fate.

 According to Snorri Sturluson's interpretation of the Völuspá, the three most important norns, Urdr (Wyrd), Verdandi and Skuld came out from a hall standing at the Well of Urdr (well of fate) and they drew water from the well and took sand from the ground, which they poured over the Ash Yggdrasill so that its branches would not rot. They sat under the Ash, twining the thread of fate for both men and Gods, only they knew when a tread was to be cut of and a new twined in.

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. Recent research has discussed the relation between the myths associated with norns and valkyries and the actual travelling Völvas, women who visited newborn children in the pre-Christian Norse societies.

 

The Völvuspá contains the names of the three main Norns referring to them as maidens like Vafþrúðnismál probably does:

20. Þaðan koma meyjar

margs vitandi

þrjár ór þeim sæ,

er und þolli stendr;

Urð hétu eina,

aðra Verðandi,

- skáru á skíði, -

Skuld ina þriðju;

þær lög lögðu,

þær líf kuru

alda börnum,

örlög seggja.

20. 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.

 

Our norns, our artists, are women who comes from different cultural backgrounds but they all have the love of crafts that binds them together. We are delighted and very proud to be able to offer you their crafts.

 

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