norn of the present

The Norns as painted by Charles E. Brock.

The heavenly Norns are Urd (Urðr), Norn of the Past, Verdandi (Verðandi), Norn of the Present and Skuld, Norn of the Future, who dwell under Yggdrasil, the great cosmic tree. They rule fate: spinning the threads of life and destiny.

They may be thought of as specializing: Urd inscribing Runes (symbols/letters) which describe completed destiny, Verdandi, spinning the threads of present life and Skuld watering Yggrasil, thus ensuring the future by maintaining the “tree” which provides a structure for all the worlds of Mankind, Giants and Gods.