How Powerful Was Yggdrasil Tree of Life in Norse Mythology?
If you have read Norse mythology, you surely know Yggdrasil the Great Oak Tree of Life in the Nordic myth. This blog post is to tell you a story how powerful was the Yggdrasil Tree of Life.
The pillar of the Cosmos
The reason why I call Yggdrasil the pillar of the cosmos was because it held Nine Worlds within its branches. Asgard was on the uppermost branch of the Ash Tree Vanaheim was somewhere around. We are yet to know its location but surely it lies near Asgard. Then came below – Midgard, Muspelheim, Nifleheim, Alfheim, Svartalfheim, and Helheim.
All the worlds were just located on the branches of the Yggdrasil Tree of Life.
Yggdrasil The Great Tree of Life
Runes carved on the Yggdrasil Tree
Norse mythology had it that the Norns lived in the roots of Yggdrasil and watered it every day. And the Norns chose the Yggdrasil to carve runes.
In Norse mythology, Odin hang himself on the Yggdrasil Tree of Life to learn the ability to read runes. He made this sacrifice for himself. For nine days and nights, Odin hang himself there. He was stabbed with his own Gungneer spear. No food and no water. After nine-day sacrifice, he became the first to know runes in Norse myth.
Odin hang himself on Yggdrasil Tree of Life
Shelter for humanity
All of us must know Ragnarok and how deadly this event was. Before it came, it made people suffer. After the event, people still lived in agony.
When the gods and the giants declared war on each other, people in Midgard were affected by the wrath of the gods and the giants. It was Yggdrasil that protected two only humans. It kept the humans inside to protect them against the destructive source of the war.
After Ragnarok came to pass, two humans came out from the tree and got the responsibility to repopulate the world of humanity.