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Skuld

[skoo ld] /skʊld/
noun, Scandinavian Mythology
1.
See under Norn.
Origin
< 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

[nawrn] /nɔrn/
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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Norn1

/nɔːn/
noun
1.
(Norse myth) any of the three virgin goddesses of fate, who predestine the lives of the gods and men
Word Origin
C18: Old Norse

Norn2

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