Skuld

[skoo ld]

Origin of Skuld

< Old Norse, probably literally future, homonymous with skuld debt, bondage in payment of debt, derivative from root of skulu shall, must; cognate with Old English scyld, Old Saxon sculd, Old High German scult (German Schuld)

Norn

2
[nawrn]
noun Scandinavian Mythology.
  1. any of three goddesses of fate, the goddess of the past (Urd), the goddess of the present (Verdandi), and the goddess of the future (Skuld).
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Norn

1
noun
  1. Norse myth any of the three virgin goddesses of fate, who predestine the lives of the gods and men

Word Origin for Norn

C18: Old Norse

Norn

2
noun
  1. the medieval Norse language of the Orkneys, Shetlands, and parts of N Scotland. It was extinct by 1750

Word Origin for Norn

C17: from Old Norse norŕœna Norwegian, from northr north
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Word Origin and History for skuld

Norn

n.

1770, from Old Norse norn (plural nornir), one of the female fates of Scandinavian mythology, related to Swedish dialectal norna "to warn, to communicate secretly," perhaps ultimately imitative of low murmuring (cf. Middle High German narren "to growl, snarl").

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