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The Nornir are Norse Goddesses of Fate.

Norse Mythology

The Norns (Old Norse: norn, plural: 'nornir') in Norse mythology are female beings who rule the destiny of gods and men. They roughly correspond to other controllers of humans' destiny, such as the Fates, elsewhere in European mythology.

In Snorri Sturluson's interpretation of the Völuspá, Urðr (Wyrd), Verðandi and Skuld, the three most important of the Norns, come out from a hall standing at the Well of Urðr or Well of Fate. They draw water from the well and take sand that lies around it, which they pour over the Yggdrasill tree so that its branches will not rot. These three Norns are described as powerful maiden giantesses (Jotuns) whose arrival from Jötunheimr ended the golden age of the gods. They may be the same as the maidens of Mögþrasir who are described in Vafþrúðnismál (see below).

Beside these three famous Norns, there are many others who appear at a person's birth in order to determine his or her future. In the pre-Christian Norse societies, Norns were thought to have visited newborn children. There were both malevolent and benevolent Norns: the former caused all the malevolent and tragic events in the world while the latter were kind and protective goddesses.

In the God of War Series 

God of War (2018)

Though they do not appear, their chests can be found around Midgard. Kratos and Atreus can loot their chests and get many items from it. Kratos asks Atreus about the runes, he mentions them.

Powers and Abilities

As the Goddesses of Fate, they are powerful and strong. They are immortals. They decide the fates of every creature.

  • Immortality: as a Norse Goddesses, They are immortal. Only a sufficiently powerful weapon or an extremely powerful being can kill them.
  • Birth Manipulation - The Fates can manipulate fertility, giving them the decision on who will be born.
  • Time Manipulation - They can travel through time, which could take them to the time and place of their choosing, as well as manipulate time for others.
  • Omniscience - Being the Fates, they had the ability to see the past, present and future of every creature: mortal, beast, God, and fellow Primordial.
  • Probability manipulation - As the Fates, they hold the ability to manipulate the outcomes of individuals, and battles.
  • Causality manipulation - As the Fates, they have the ability to manipulate one's lifespan. If they decided it was time to die, they had the ability to cut the thread of fate and end it.

Trivia

  • When Kratos ask Atreus about what the runes in a Nornir Chest meant, he replies that the runes symbolize the three Nornir fates, the Norse equivalent of the Sisters. Kratos, remembering his past, says: "The Fates. No good comes from them".
  • Their Greek equivalents are Sisters of Fate (in terms of being the Goddess of Fate).
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