Yggdrasil, The World Tree in Norse Mythology

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Agnes Olson

I found a whole bunch of different descriptions of Yggdrasil and the placement of the Nine Worlds and it's all very confusing! It took me a LONG time, but here is my take on the Norse Universe. Unfortunately, I had to shrink this pic down from its 15x20 size, so there is alot of loss in detail. I know people are going to start nitpicking, but TOUGH!!! According to legend, the ash tree grew from Ginnungagap. At its base, a serpent chewed one of its roots, while at the top of the tree sat an eagle with a falcon between his eyes. Above the tree was the North Star. Yggdrasil's roots and branches spread throughout the planes of existence. At the base of the tree is the Well of Urd (little white bowl) guarded by the Norns. The gods would travel down Bifrost the Rainbow Bridge everyday for their daily meetings. Bifrost also connected Asgard with the human world of Midgard. Worlds on the first level: Vanaheim - Home of the Vanir gods (blue), Asgard - Home of the Aesir gods (gold), and Alfheim - Home of the Light Elves (green). Worlds on the second level: Midgard - Home of Man (yes, I used the planet Earth) and that's the Midgard Serpent emerging from the waters and surrounding Midgard. The rocky terrain surrounding Midgard is Jotunheim (Home of the Giants). Then there's Svartalfheim - Home of the Dark Elves (green and black) and Nidavellir - Home of the Dwarves (I chose a volcano type of terrain to represent their forges). Worlds on the third level: Nifelheim - Land of Ice and Mist also home of Hel, Goddess of the Dead (white terrain). The fiery land behind it is Muspellheim - Home of the Fire Giants and ruled by the Fire Giant, Surt. I chose to 'dome' some of the worlds to give them a sense of atmosphere. Yes, I know there are two more wells that Yggdrasil's branches go to ... I have the roots going into Jotunheim and Nifelheim ... if you want to see the wells themselves or any of the other animals/beings that inhabit Yggdrasil, call your local travel agent! Hehehehe! Thanks!

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