or Norns. The three fates of Scandinavian mythology, Past, Present, and Future. They spin the events of human life sitting under the ash-tree Yggdrasil (Igg'-dra-sil').
Besides these three Norns, every human creature has a personal Norn or Fate. The home of the Norns is called in Scandinavian mythology “Doomstead.”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894