Viking Myths: Stories of the Norse Gods and Goddesses - Thor Ewing
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Yggdrasil, or Mimir's Wood

Viking Myths

YGGDRASIL, OR MIMIR’S WOOD

The tree Mimir’s Wood grows in all the Nine Worlds.  At the tip of one of its roots, the etin Mimir guards the Well of Wisdom; under another of root is the Well of Being where the Norns live.

It is sometimes called Yggdrasill which means ‘the steed of Horror’ (Yggr or ‘Horror’ is one of Odin’s many names), because Odin hanged himself on the tree when he journeyed throughout the Nine Worlds, so the tree carried him on his journey like a steed.

The Apples of Life, ruled by the goddess Idun, would seem to be the fruit of Mimir’s Wood.

The story of how Odin hung in Mimir’s Wood in search of wisdom is told in
‘Nine Worlds and Mimir’s Wood’, Chapter 2 of Viking Myths: Stories of the Norse Gods and Goddesses.
 

Viking Myths: Stories of the Norse Gods and Goddesses 
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