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Final Project for Intro to Mythology

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  1. 1. Where do they derive their importance and legacy? Nornir J.L. Lund Trish Wells Professor Murphy Intro to Mythology
  2. 2. <ul><li>Norse deities who “measure and regulate the fates of all beings” (“New World Encyclopedia”) </li></ul><ul><li>All beings? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mortals’ and gods’ fates alike are determined by Norns </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Among countless individual Norns (each in control of a single life from birth), there are three sisters that are the most widely referenced </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Urd </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Verdandi </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skuld </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>She represents the past </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Urd’s Old English cognate: Wyrd (Sweyn) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sometimes depicted as old </li></ul></ul>Urd Urd Magazine
  5. 5. <ul><li>She represents the present </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Her name means “that which is becoming” (Spiralotus) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Often depicted looking straight ahead opposed to her sisters who look in either direction (“Goddess A Day”) </li></ul></ul>Nornir (Verdandi) J.L. Lund
  6. 6. <ul><li>She represents the future </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Her name means “shall-be” or “she who is becoming” (Took) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>She is often depicted as a Valkyrie </li></ul></ul>The Norns and the Tree Anker Eli Petersen
  7. 7. <ul><li>They weave the “tapestry of fate” (“New World Encyclopedia”) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Urd spins the thread of life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Verdandi winds the thread </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skuld cuts the thread (“Goddess A Day”) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Together, they control an entire lifespan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Urd creates life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Verdandi rules over all that happens during life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skuld decides when to end the life </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Under the roots of Yggdrasil [the World Tree in Germanic mythology] (Herrera) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They mix water from the Spring of Urd with clay then pour it over the tree to keep it from rotting (“Goddess A Day”) </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>People believed that their entire destiny was at the fingers of the Norns </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It was unchangeable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They believed that once spun from Urd, Verdandi had complete control over their lives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They understood that death was inevitable; Skuld would cut their thread when she pleases </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Even gods and other immortal beings will meet their death in Ragnarok [the last great battle between order and chaos] (Herrera) </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Norns controlled the gods’ fates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Very few cultures in the world hold the belief that their gods are subject to the same destiny as mortals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Accepting death as inevitable fueled their violent and war-prone culture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Only battle heroes and legends made it to Valhalla where they awaited Ragnarok </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>In art and popular culture </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Norns spin their tapestry at the roots of Yggdrasil L.B. Hanson The Norns b en eath the World Tree Ygg drasi l Lud wig Burger Norns Die Helden und Gotter des Nordens Wyrd, Skuld, and Verdande Katie Sweet The Norns Deborah Holman The Three Norns Urd, Verdandi, and Skuld Arthur Rackham
  13. 13. <ul><li>Norse themes are popular </li></ul><ul><li>in the fantasy metal music </li></ul><ul><li>genre </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Amon Amarth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The Fate of Norns” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Heavens Dust </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Norns” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click for music video </li></ul></ul>Fate of Norns Amon Amarth
  14. 14. <ul><li>Japanese television show “Ah! My Goddess” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Three main characters are Belldandy, Urd, and Skuld </li></ul></ul>Kosuke Fujishima
  15. 15. <ul><li>The Norns’ importance is derived from their power to control the fate of man and god alike </li></ul><ul><li>The Norns’ ongoing legacy is derived from the ability of the concept of fate to be portrayed in today’s popular media </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Herrera, Bridget. &quot;Germanic Cosmography.&quot;  Germanic Mythology . Beverley Eddy, Aug 1995. Web. 3 Jun 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Hurstwic Norse Mythology.&quot;  Hurstwic . William Short, 2010. Web. 3 Jun 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Norn.&quot;  New World Encyclopedia . Creative Commons Attribution, 29 Aug 2008. Web. 3 Jun 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Norns.&quot;  Encyclopedia Mythica . Pantheon, 27 Dec 1998. Web. 3 Jun 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;NORNS.&quot;  Norse Mythology . Godchecker, 2010. Web. 3 Jun 2010. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>&quot;Norse Mythology: Gods and Goddesses: Norns.&quot;  Gods, Heroes, and Myth . Nikki Burke, 03 Jan 2008. Web. 3 Jun 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Spiralotus. &quot;The Fates The Norns.&quot;  The White Willow . White Moon School, 2010. Web. 3 Jun 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Sweyn . &quot;The Norns.&quot;  Rune-Net . MacKaos Consulting, 2010. Web. 3 Jun 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Took, Thalia. &quot;Skuld.&quot;  A-muse-ing Grace Gallery . Mary Crane, 2004. Web. 3 Jun 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Verdandi.&quot;  Goddess A Day . Word Press, 23 May 2008. Web. 3 Jun 2010. </li></ul>