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There are many angles from which to photograph this bridge. But instead of concentrating on it, this time I decided to satisfy my left-brained nerdy self. I wanted to catch the tram at the peak of its tangent to the bridge’s arc. Click. Got it. I also like the contrast of the yellow of the tram against the blue in the sky. This could have been a “prettier” photograph if I captured the whole bridge and surroundings, but sometimes you gotta do things for yourself. My nerdy self is satisfied!
The late Iron Age poem Völuspa on the World Tree of ancient Norse belief:
Nine worlds I knew, | the nine in the tree
With mighty roots | beneath the mold.
An ash I know, | Yggdrasil its name,
With water white | is the great tree wet;
Thence come the dews | that fall in the dales,
Green by Urth's well | does it ever grow."_
The "Askr Yggdrasils" literally translates to "The Ash Tree of the Horse of the Terrible One". This might seem a trifle odd but it has its explanation:
The "Terrible One" is Odin. The name Odin was a noa name - a name that should not be spoken. He therefore had a great number of alternative names (around 200 are known), such as "Allfather", "The Ever Booming", "Lord of the Undead", "Spear Shaker", "Wanderer" and "Gautr" (Geat/Göt). With the aid of his eight-legged horse Sleipnir, Odin rode between the nine worlds twined in the branches of the world tree. Thus, the combination horse and ash tree was Odin's main means of transportation.
The belief in the ability to travel between worlds with the aid of a world tree is by the way common in many shamanistic beliefs and by no means unique for old Norse religion. As is so often the case, more unites the religions and cultures of this world than separates them.
There are other interpretations of the Yggdrasil name, however. One such has a distinctly more macabre twist (as mentioned in the last post) :
In Old Norse kennings (poetic metaphors), the gallows is sometimes described as "the hanged man's horse" or similar, as the hanged "rides" the gallows to the afterlife. In the same fashion, the world tree could be said to be Odin's steed, as he mounts it as he would a gallows when he hangs himself from its branches (as a sacrifice of himself to himself to gain the knowledge of the runes).