Norse Mythology

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YGGDRASIL

Norse legendary tree

Also known as YGGDRASILL

Picture of the Norse legendary tree Yggdrasil from our Norse mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

The giant ash tree at the Hub of the Universe

All Nine Worlds lurk within its branches — and then some.

Its three roots run riot, starting from Asgard, Jotunheim and Helheim where they are nourished by various beneficial waters including Urd’s Well of Knowledge where Mimir lurks. Not forgetting the Norns who reside under it.

Yggdrasil is home to an abundance of wildlife both magical and malicious, from gnawing Nidhogg the dragon to nibbling deer. In fact the tree is under constant threat of global catastrophe but the Norse Gods seem powerless to act.

There’s also an eagle and Ratatoskr the Messenger Squirrel. At the very top is Vithofnir the Rooster, whose crowing will announce the awful terrible catastrophic Ragnarok, thus ending the world.

Dew from the Yggdrasil supplies mead for Valhalla, and when the world ends in almost total devastation this tree will still be there, containing seeds for the next crop of beings. Hopefully humans, but most likely more bloody ash trees. I swear one is coming up at the end of my garden where I have a constant battle to keep it at bay.

Yggdrasil Facts and Figures

Name: Yggdrasil
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: YGGDRASILL

Gender: Sorry, we don't know
Type: legendary tree
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

Role: Unknown at present

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 400

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Article last revised on September 21, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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