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[skoo ld]
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noun Scandinavian Mythology.
  1. See under Norn.
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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)


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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Historical Examples

  • They are named Urd the past, Verdandi the present, and Skuld the future.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies

  • Their names are Urd (the past), Varande (the present), and Skuld (the future).

  • Out of it come three maids, whose names are Urd, Verdande and Skuld.

  • Gud and Rosta, and the youngest norn, Skuld, always ride to sway the battle and choose the slain.

  • They are Urd (the past), Verdandi (the present), Skuld (the future).

British Dictionary definitions for skuld


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

C18: Old Norse


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

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



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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