Yggdrasil

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English[edit]

An illustration depicting Yggdrasil, by Oluf Olufsen Bagge, for 1847, Northern Antiquities, an English translation of the Prose Edda
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Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse Yggdrasill; commonly accepted as being composed yggr (terrible) + drasill (steed), where “steed” refers to a hanging tree.

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Yggdrasil

  1. (Norse mythology) An immense ash tree that is central in Norse cosmology, believed to connect the nine worlds.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Poetic Edda, first poem, stanza 2:
      I know that an ash-tree stands called Yggdrasill,
      a high tree, soaked with shining loam;
      from there come the dews which fall in the valley,
      ever green, it stands over the well of fate.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Spike Milligan, Puckoon, chapter 1, page 1:
      [] nostrils and legs akimbo, she towered over him like some human Yggdrasill, blotting out the sun.

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse Yggdrasill.

Proper noun[edit]

Yggdrasil

  1. (mythology) Yggdrasil