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DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631181392.1995.x


[ vii ] The World Ash, the guardian tree of the A esir in pre-Christian Scandinavia. It was thought to mark the centre of the nine worlds of gods, men, giants, the dead, and other supernatural beings. A drink from Mimir's spring, at the foot of Yggdrasil, gives wisdom [3: 190–6; 4: 170–1]. The name Yggdrasil probably means ‘horse of Ygg’, i.e. O din , who once hung upon it. The tree is to survive R agnarok , sheltering those destined to repeople the world in the new age. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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