The Norns: Goddesses of Fate
The Norns are the goddesses of fate in Norse mythology. But more often than not they appear in the human world. Myth, saga, folktale and archaeological evidence gives us a clear idea who these women really were.
In his premier Talk to an Expert Chat, Ancient Origins guest author Vincent Ongkowidjojo discusses the legendary Norns, strange and powerful seers, women of prophesy, and their place in Norse myth.
“There travelled about the land seeresses which were called visionary women and could prophesy people’s life span. That is why people invited them into their homes and made feasts for them and gave them gifts at parting. My father did the same and they came to his place with a band of men, and should prophesy my destiny.”
You can find out more about Norse history and mythology in his Ancient Origins article: “The Northern Mysteries Current: Futhark and Mystery Schools of the Viking Age” and he has written for AO Premium on The Nine Worlds of Norse mythology , and the Origins of Runes, Symbols and Magic.