The Norns of Norse Mythology are female spirits that dictate the fate of men and gods alike.
Three chief norns are listed in the sagas, Urd, Verdandi, and Skuld, who dwell in Asgard close to Yggdrasil. However, the sagas also describe that additional norns come to each child when it is born and shape their future. The norns are described at least once as weaving “the web of fate”, and it is believed by some that the name “norn” comes from the verb “to twine”.
The idea of three women who weave fate is paralleled in Greek, Roman, and Slavic mythologies.
[Picture: Three norns seated beneath Yggdrasil. Ludwig Burger, 1882]