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Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood - Chapter 114, Nerthus and Urth (The Norns) Summary & Analysis

Merlin Stone
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Chapter 114, Nerthus and Urth (The Norns) Summary and Analysis

The accounts of Nerthus and those of Urth are separated by 12 centuries. Stone combines their stories because their accounts are often compared to one another.

Nerthus is the Mother of the Northern Earth. Each year, she emerges and is drawn through the streets by the sacred cows. The people hide all weaponry hoping she brings prosperity and peace. At the end of the procession she is bathed in a secluded lake. Those who bathe her die in the water.

Urth lives with her sisters. Together they are the Norns. Urth has knowledge of the past, Skuld has knowledge of the future, and Verthandi has knowledge of all that is now. They live beside a root of the Yggdrasil, the World Tree. They appear at every birth assigning a thread to each...

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