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...and the youngest Norn, she who is called Skuld, ride ever to take the slain and decide fights...Faroe stamp by Anker Eli Petersen depicting the norns (2003).

Skuld (possibly "debt" or "future"[1]) is a Norn in Norse mythology. Along with Urðr (Old Norse "fate"[2]) and Verðandi (possibly "happening" or "present"[3]), Skuld makes up a trio of Norns that are described as deciding the fates of people. Skuld appears in at least two poems as a Valkyrie.

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Poetic Edda

Skuld is mentioned in Völuspá, a poem collected in the 13th century Poetic Edda:

Sá hon valkyrjur
vítt um komnar,
görvar at ríða
til Goðþjóðar.
Skuld helt skildi,
en Skögul önnur,
Gunnr, Hildr, Göndul
ok Geirskögul.
She saw valkyries
come from far and wide,
ready to ride
to Goðþjóð.
Skuld held a shield,
and Skögul was another,
Gunnr, Hildr, Göndul
and Geirskögul.

Prose Edda

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Gylfaginning

In the Prose Edda book Gylfaginning, Snorri informs the reader that the youngest Norn, Skuld, is in effect also a valkyrie, taking part in the selection of warriors from the slain:

These are called Valkyrs: them Odin sends to every battle; they determine men's feyness and award victory. Gudr and Róta and the youngest Norn, she who is called Skuld, ride ever to take the slain and decide fights."[4]

Nafnaþulur

In the Nafnaþulur addition to Snorri Sturluson's Prose Edda the following sections reference Skuld:

Mank valkyrjur
Viðris nefna.
Hrist, Mist, Herja,
Hlökk, Geiravör,
Göll, Hjörþrimul,
Gunnr, Herfjötur,
Skuld, Geirönul,
Skögul ok Randgníð.
Ráðgríðr, Göndul,
Svipul, Geirskögul,
Hildr ok Skeggöld,
Hrund, Geirdriful,
Randgríðr ok Þrúðr,
Reginleif ok Sveið,
Þögn, Hjalmþrimul,
Þrima ok Skalmöld.
I will recite the names
of the valkyries of Viðrir (Odin).
Hrist, Mist, Herja,
Hlökk, Geiravör
Göll, Hjörþrimul
Gunnr, Herfjötur
Skuld, Geirönul
Skögul and Randgníð.
Ráðgríðr, Göndul,
Svipul, Geirskögul,
Hildr and Skeggöld,
Hrund, Geirdriful,
Randgríðr and Þrúðr,
Reginleif and Sveið,
Þögn, Hjalmþrimul,
Þrima and Skalmöld.

Modern influence

She was used by Japanese Kosuke Fujishima in his famous comic Oh My Goddess!.

Notes

  1. ^ Orchard (1997:151).
  2. ^ Orchard (1997:169).
  3. ^ Orchard (1997:174).
  4. ^ Gylfaginning in translation by Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur (1916), at Sacred Texts.

References

  • Orchard, Andy (1997). Dictionary of Norse Myth and Legend. Cassell. ISBN 0 304 34520 2

Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010
(Redirected to Oh My Goddess! article)

From Wikiquote

Oh My Goddess!, also known as Ah! My Goddess and ああっ女神さまっ (Aa! Megami-sama!), is a seinen manga series by Kosuke Fujishima currently serialised in Kodansha's monthly Afternoon magazine.

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Belldandy

Ah! My Goddess The Movie

  • My name is Belldandy, from the Goddess Relief Office. I have come to fulfill a wish of yours. However, I can only do one. Um... If you don't mind me asking, what is Skuld doing in Morisato-san's house? And Urd too...
  • You're mistaken! Why... why have you become like this? You were the one who taught me that all life was precious, Celestin! I want to continue growing old with the living beings on Earth. Therefore... I will protect this world!

Skuld

Oh My Goddess! (OVA)

  • Ahh this sucks! I can't leave such an ugly blueprint as it is! Such lovely equations! -- OVA #3: Burning Hearts On The Road
  • Oh, what an elegant design -- and sooo efficient, my sweet Mister Bug-zapper!
  • Because, dear sister Urd, I can't stand your arrogant, selfish, violent, pushy, impulsive, and stupid behavior! And, because, unlike you, Belldandy is honest, selfless, gentle, and pure! That's why!
  • I'm not a child! Nyahh! (Sticks tongue out at Keiichi)

Ah! My Goddess The Movie

  • Get me a popsicle while you are out!

Urd

Ah! My Goddess The Movie

  • You... you dare to show yourself in front of us? (to Celestin)
  • Oh spirit of thunder,swift in the sky, you who makes the earth and air tremble with your voice! I, your servant call upon your awesome power! Power that smashes, i call upon you now! Become Thunderbolts in my hand! Destructive Thunder!

The Almighty

Ah! My Goddess The Movie

  • You who are of the highest rank on Heaven's Supreme Council... to think that you would rebel against Yggdrasil and then to lead the Guardian of Time to destory herself... Your crimes cannot be forgiven. Celestin, your flesh will be frozen and your soul will be sealed in a Level 17 life form and banished to the moon!
  • Truth is we cannot afford to lose such a promising goddess as Belldandy. He was important to her; she might not be able to let go of him.

Celestin

Ah! My Goddess The Movie

  • The gods have, since ancient times, created methods to test humans. The system God has created... it opposes all living creatures and splits the world. It condemns people to roles. Heaven pretends they can't see the suffering of the people. Only the lucky few find the way. The pain of those beings reaches deep into my heart. I want to counter this discrimination and extend a helping hand. In order to do that, the only thing that can be done is to create a new system! See... this is what God has wrought... I cannot allow such a system to continue! This is the will of my quarrel with Heaven. I would like you to come with me. If I had your help, even the weak-of-heart could have their wishes fulfilled. So that everyone can be equal and happy, I wish to reach out.

Ru Fe Morgan

Ah! My Goddess The Movie

  • The gods only think of themselves. Don't steal any more of my hopes!

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