The Norns Picture

The characters in the painting are The Norns. The three sisters represent destiny as it is narrated in the Norse Mythology. They live under the World tree Yggdrasil and rule the fate of humans.

Thence come the maidens mighty in wishdom, Three from the dwelling down 'neath the tree; Urth is one named, Verthandi the next,-- On the wood they scored,-- and Skuld the third. Laws they made there, and life allotted To the sons of men, and set their fates.

- Fafnismol in translation by Henry Adams Bellows (1936), at Sacred Texts -
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