Skuld

April 24th, 2008 by sabrina

Skuld is the Norse Goddess of future fate. She is the youngest of the three Norns, Goddesses of destiny, and is also a Valkyrie. The Norns are in charge of the World Tree, Yggdrasil. Every day, they take water from the Well of Fate, mix it with clay, and pour it over the tree’s branches. This stops it from decaying.

Skuld, as the youngest of the Norns, rules over the future. Her name means “shall be” or “she who is becoming”, and is the root of the English word “should”. It is Skuld who determines the time of death, for she is the one who cuts the thread of fate that her sisters have spun (Urð) and wound (Verðandi).

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