Monday, 24 August 2015
Norse Mythology and the Universe.
Norse mythology holds that in the middle of the universe is what is known as Yggdrasil, a large ash tree. The tree is much much larger than the world and binds the earth, heaven, and hell with its roots and branches and is considered to be a holy place.
This wondrous tree is said to have three roots, the deepest of which descends all the way down to what we would call Hell, in Norse mythology this is Niflheim. Another root finds its home in Asgard, the home of the gods and our equivalent of Heaven. The third root ends in Jotunheim or the land of the giants, interestingly, under this land lies Mimirs Well which has a fountain of knowledge whose protector is Mimir who can only really be described as wisdom.
Norse tradition holds that once this ash tree begins to tremble the ending of the world was imminent. What we would call Armageddon the ancient Norse people call Ragnarok.
All through the devastation Yggdrasil would remain standing, eventually two humans would emerge from the tree and repopulate the world, now that's another story.