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The Nornir: A Song & Prayer

Goddesses gather at the well
Found at the base of the tree
Show us what has been and
what may yet come to be

Verdande, Skuld and Urd
Web-Weavers Three
Show us what has been and
what may yet come to be

Hamingja, Orlog or Wyrd,
Ladies tell us what you see
Show us what has been and
what may yet come to be

Nornir we pray you guide our hands
And lay your blessings on we
Show us what has been and
what may yet come to be

I make no claims as to the quality of my singing, but an acapella version of the song can be found here:


The start of the third stanza irks me... as orlog and wyrd are more or less the norse or english version of the same concept. If anyone has suggestions for that, please do share them with me. :)


Love it!

I'll think on that Orlog/Wyrd thing too.

But isn't it that Orlog is the personal strand of Wyrd, and Wyrd just describes all of Wyrd?

Or am I showing myself to be unstudied in the original langauges?
Buruna, no I do concur your understanding is in the ballpark.

iI gets a little dicey just because the words (wyrd & orlog and even the goddess Urd) etymologically derive from the same parent root word, the common Germanic wurthiz.

Wyrd (Old English) & Ørlög (Old Norse).

And it bugs me that that the other word in the line hamingja is an Old Norse term as well. Maybe I'm just being too much of a perfectionist. :)

Respected scholar, Bauschatz in Well and Tree writes:

Ørlög is literally "ur", meaning ancient or primeval, and "lög" is law: ørlög is the law of how things will be, laid down by wyrd or fate by the
three Norns. The Norns, Urðr ("That Which Is"), Verðandi ("That Which Is Becoming") and Skuld ("That Which Should Become") are the embodiment of wyrd.

P. S. you can find some other songs of mine here:


Orlog is the 'rules' the 'laws' those things that cannot be changed.

I.e. who my biological parents are, the circumstances of my birth. Wyrd is created by the combination of orlog, and those things we and those around us do in the present, the combination makes wyrd.

Or if you will, orlog is the warp threads of a tapestry (these are constants), and the pattern of myrd is made by weaving weft threads over/under the warp threads.

You can really rock a rhyme!
Thanks for the compliments. :) I'm actually passing this song, and others onto a musician, who will be working in instrumentation and add another level of polish to these songs (hopefully better singing than mine too!). I'm looking forward to the final product, and actually having sheet music for this and other pieces. :)