“An ash I know, Yggdrasil its name,
With water white is the great tree wet;
Thence come the dews that fall in the dales,
Green by Urth’s well does it ever grow.
Thence come the maidens mighty in wisdom,
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.”
This week we asked our photographers to go out into the world and take an image of their interpretation of “Yggdrasil” the mythological tree of the Norse Gods.
In the Prose Edda, Yggdrasil is described as:
“The ash is of all trees the biggest and the best. Its branches spread out over the world and extend across the sky. Three of the tree’s roots support it and extend very, very far. One is among the Æsir [Asgard], the second among the frost-giants, where Ginnungagap once was. The third extends over Niflheim, and under that root is Hvergelmir, and Nidhogg gnaws the bottom of the root. Yggdrasil’s three great roots are watered by three wells, Urdarbrunnr, Hvergelmr, and Mimisbrunnr. Urdarbrunnr, or Urda’s Well, is tended by the three Norn maidens, Urda (Past), Verdandi (Present), and Skuld (Future), who spin the threads of fate for all beings.“
The photographers didn’t disappoint and it was a tough choice for the judges but the winner of this week was:
Forth, your image of “Yggdrasil” was described as mystical and overgrown, and filled with beautiful sunlight and pops of color. It is truly magnificent and definitely cannot be contained by any device made from man.
Stay tuned for the winner of the Scenic Cycle 2.0!
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