Triplets in Norse Mythology: Powerful and Troublesome

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Triplets in Norse Mythology: Powerful and Troublesome

In Norse mythology, if things came in three, something interesting was about to happen. Three famous plus powerful yet troublesome triplets in Norse mythology include Loki's children, the Norns, Nidhogg, Ratatoskr, and Veðrfölnir.

Three of Loki's children

Like Odin, Loki had many children yet the most famous kids of Loki must be Fenrir, Jormungand, and Hel. They were extraordinarily famous because they were closely associated with Ragnarok the Doom of Gods. 

From the beginning, Norse gods knew what was about to happen. Ragnarok was prophesied long before. Norse Pantheon would collapse when Ragnarok broke on the sky. And Loki and his children would be the ones that triggered off Ragnarok. To deal with this, Norse gods separated Loki's children. 

Fenrir the Wolf, who was born to swallow Odin, was kept up in Asgard land of Gods. He was raised by the gods yet none of them dared to approach the wolf. Only Tyr God of Justice and Honor was kind enough to approach and feed Fenrir. When Fenrir grew up to the size that Norse gods couldn't keep him around, they tricked and bound him with a magical chain. 

The Howl of Fenrir in Norse mythology. Fenrir was destined to swallow Odin in their final battle marking the collapse of Norse Pantheon

When Ragnarok broke on the sky, Fenrir released himself from the chain of gods joining the army of his father. Fenrir was destined to swallow Odin in Norse mythology

Jormungandr the Serpent was banished into the deep sea in Midgard. He stayed there and grew up to the size that he finally became an enormous serpent with his mouth biting his tail. 

Jormungandr in Norse mythology

Jormungand the Midgard Serpent and Thor God of Thunder and Storm in their final battle in Ragnarok Doom of Gods 

Hel was the only daughter of Loki and she was also the only one among Loki's children that wasn't in the form of an animal. Yet, her skin was half green half flesh. Hel was made to live in the Underworld beneath the Yggdrasil Tree and there she gathered her power only to became the ruler of the Underworld. 

When Ragnarok broke on the sky, Loki released himself from the punishment of gods and so did other children of his. They assembled to wage war against the gods. 

Three of the Norns

Norse mythology had a concept of Norn which referring to the seeresses or those who created the fate of all beings in the cosmos. There were three Norns in Norse mythology. They lived next to the Well of Fate. Their names were  Urðr (Wyrd), Verðandi and Skuld. The Norns were believed to be the ones who watered Yggdrasil the Tree of Life everyday. 

In Norse mythology, the Norns were the creators of fate. They were the most powerful creatures because once they had decided the fate of any creature, no one could change it, even Odin the Allfather

The Norns in Norse mythology lived somewhere near the Well of Fate

The Norns were powerful. They knew fates of all beings in the cosmos. The Norns were those who created the fates for all beings as well. 

The Norns were also troublesome to a certain point. Because once they created the fates of a creature, they would never change it. So once the fates of Gods were written down, no one could ever change it, even Odin the Allfather who was the God of Sky in Norse mythology. 

Nidhogg, Ratatoskr, and Veðrfölnir

The story of these creatures was somewhat entertaining. All of them lived along the Yggdrasil tree of life: Nidhogg lived under the roots (bottom), Ratatoskr in the tree trunk (middle), and Veðrfölnir up in Asgard (top). 

Interesting about this triplet was that Nidhogg and Veðrfölnir hated each other and always exchanged curse toward each other. And Ratatoskr the Squirrel was the messenger who submitted its life to the gossip. 

Nidhogg the Dragon in Underworld spent most of his time gnawing at the roots of Yggdrasil. He believed that once he finished the roots, Yggdrasil would collapse and crashed on Veðrfölnir the Hawk. Meanwhile, up in Asgard, Veðrfölnir threw things to the world below in order to murder Nidhogg. Their hatred lived on and it was also fueled by Ratatoskr the Messenger. 

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