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Exploring Norse Mythology: Yggdrasil and the Nine Worlds
The holy tree is evergreen and is covered in moist white loam. It supports all of creation — gods, giants, man, and beasts — some of which eat directly from the branches and roots of the tree. Yggdrasil is also called the World Tree or Tree of Life because it contains all the worlds and represents the cycle of birth, growth, death, and rebirth.
The Norse Legend of the World Tree - Yggdrasil
The god Odin was also referred to as Yggr , meaning terrible one. Since Odin rode his horse, Sleipnir , up and down the tree to travel between the Nine Worlds, the meaning of the name appears to be relevant in the context. Both texts, written in the 13th century AD, refer to the mystical tree and its sacred nature. The Well of Urd meaning destiny and Yggdrasil are not considered to exist in a physical sense, but rather on a spiritual or mystical level. They are thought, by certain scholars, to also represent time. The well represents the past tense and the tree, the present tense. In the image of the tree, the water also has an important function.
Yggdrasil Old Norse Yggdrasill or Askr Yggdrasils is the mighty tree whose trunk rises at the geographical center of the Norse spiritual cosmos. The rest of that cosmos, including the Nine Worlds , is arrayed around it and held together by its branches and roots, which connect the various parts of the cosmos to one another. Because of this, the well-being of the cosmos depends on the well-being of Yggdrasil. When the tree trembles, it signals the arrival of Ragnarok , the destruction of the universe. The tree was his gallows and bore his limp body, which the Norse poetic imagination described metaphorically as a horse and a rider.
In the middle of Asgard , where the Gods and Goddesses lives, is Yggdrasil.
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Yggdrasil and Odin
In a Bishop called Brynjolf Sveinsson was given 45 pieces of vellum containing poetry and prose from the heart of ancient Northern European indigenous culture. It is thought to have been written around Between and the manuscript was hidden from public view, presumably to protect it from being destroyed by the new religion which arose from Rome. The Bishop did not himself keep the manuscript; instead, he offered the collection as a gift to the King of Denmark. There it remained in Copenhagen until , when it was returned to Iceland. Public Domain.
Yggdrasil from Old Norse Yggdrasill is an immense mythical tree that plays a central role in Norse cosmology , where it connects the Nine Worlds. Yggdrasil is attested in the Poetic Edda , compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources, and the Prose Edda , written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson. In both sources, Yggdrasil is an immense ash tree that is center to the cosmos and considered very holy. The gods go to Yggdrasil daily to assemble at their things, traditional governing assemblies. The generally accepted meaning of Old Norse Yggdrasill is "Odin's horse", meaning " gallows ".