“A handsome hall stands under the ash beside the well. Out of this hall come three maidens, who are called Urd [Fate], Verdandi [Becoming] and Skuld [Obligation]. These maidens shape men’s lives. We call them the norns.”
- From dialogue attributed to Odin in The Prose Edda (Gylfaginning, chapter 15) by Snorri Sturluson, translated by Jesse Byock (Penguin Classics edition, 2005).