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In Nordic mythology, Yggdrasil (the tree of life) is a mighty ash tree. Its evergreen crown reaches to the sky and its three roots end in three different worlds: one in the underground Hel, where the dragon Nidhug gnaws on it and where Urd's well is located.
The other leads past the Well of Mimer to Jotunheim. The third passes by Hvergelmer and leads to Niflheim.
In the crown of Yggdrasil live four deer, Dain, Dvalin, Dunør and Duratro, who eat the fresh leaves of the tree. At the top sits an eagle and on its beak the hawk Vederfølner, looking out over the world. A small squirrel, Ratatosk, darts up and down the trunk, bringing news from the roots to the top.
During Ragnarok, the tree is uprooted and burned by the great forest fires that rage at the time.
Vikings c. 800 - 1,100 AD.
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