Verðandi

May 23rd, 2008 by sabrina

Verðandi is the Norse Goddess of present fate. She is the middle of the three Norns, Goddesses of destiny. 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.

Verðandi, as the middle of the Norns, rules over the present. Her name means “that which is”. Verðandi winds the thread of life after it is spun by her older sister Urð; the youngest sister, Skuld, then cuts the thread at the appointed time, ending the life. As the Norn of the present, Verðandi is depicted looking straight ahead, as compared to her sisters who look either backward to the past or forward to the future. Her name is also seen as Verdandi or Verthandi.

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