My short story Secrets of the Ash Tree is from the book I am writing which is based on Norse Mythology and Norwegian Fairy Tales. It is about a young woman who discovers her true nature through the unraveling of buried secrets. Her story starts when she digs up a chest that was buried by her father under the ash tree in her garden. In Norse mythology the ash tree is very sacred. It is known as the tree of life, so today I thought I would tell you a little about the mythology that surrounds it.
Yggdrasil is the name for the tree of life. It is an eternal green ash tree with branches that stretch out over the nine worlds, extending up and above the heavens. Yggdrasil is supported by three enormous roots.
The first root from Yggdrasil goes to Asgard, the home of the gods. This is where the gods hold daily meetings. The second root from Yggdrasil goes to Jotunheim, the land of the giants. The third root from Yggdrasil goes to Niflheim, close to the well Hvergelmir. It is here the dragon Nidhug lives sucking on the blood of dead bodies and gnawing on one of Yggdrasils roots.
At the very top of Yggdrasil lives an eagle. The eagle and the dragon Nidhug are bitter enemies. They truly despised each other. A squirrel named Ratatosk, spends a lot of time each day, running up and down the tree. Ratatosk enjoys keeping the hatred between the eagle and the dragon Nidhug alive. Every time Nidhug says a curse or an insult about the eagle, Ratatosk hastens up to the top of the tree, and informs the eagle what Nidhug had said. The eagle was equally rude in his comments about Nidhug. It is because of Ratatosk’s love for gossip that the eagle and the dragon remain constant foes.
The roots from the tree of life connect everything together, even the most bitter of enemies. As long as there is a squirrel that loves gossip there will always be a dragon gnawing on its own foot and an eagle without a nest.
Hope you enjoyed this bit of wisdom. Come back later today to hear what I have to say about chocolate! Have a great week and try to avoid squirrels that cause trouble.