Carpe Diem Haiku – Crann Na Beatha


O’er people’s dwellings
three descend
of Mögthrasir’s maidens,
the sole Hamingiur
who are in the world,
although with Jötuns nurtured

(from Vafþrúðnismál)

It is said that our three of life is protected by three maiden giantesses, called the norns, They make sure that the ashen tree that carries the world, we call Yggdrasil is watered from the well of fate. We call these three norns Urðr (Wyrd), Verðandi and Skuld, and they protect the children of the earth. They are terrible in strength and deep in wisdom. So even if they are related to the giants who the gods are at war with, these norns have the blessing of Odin. In the tree above lives the giant squirrel Ratatoskr, carrying messages to the top of the tree.

three maidens
protecting Yggdrasil –
bless us all

Norns from Wikimedia Common.

Norns from Wikimedia Common.


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December 2, 2013

6 responses to “Carpe Diem Haiku – Crann Na Beatha

  1. fascinating…thanks for the bit of a lesson on legend/history and belief…i love to learn about stuff like this….i like how trees play a role across religeons as well…

  2. Thank you Björn for this wonderful extra information about ‘your’ tree of life. Nice response on our musical prompt for today. I like how you’ve brought in the Norwegian mythology in this one.

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