“Yggdrasill, the World Tree”

Collage of digital and painted elements

“The axis of the [Norse] universe was an enormous tree, Yggdrasill, also known as the World Tree, which formed a column linking the worlds of the gods, mankind, the giants, and the dead.  Its fortunes mirrored those of the universe it sheltered; as well as sustaining the world, it suffered in the same way as those who lived it.”   —Mythology:  The Illustrated Anthology of World Myth and Storytelling, p.277

Image:  L. Gloyd (c) 2009

8 responses

  1. I am immensely enjoying your series on trees. I have an affinity for trees. I think because they fully embody the seasons. Yes, I am a true tree hugger.

  2. Wow, these are getting better and better.

  3. Trees are our heritage and life. Fran

  4. oh I love Yggdrasill, another one that comes in dreams often throughout my life …. seems to me that the state of our wordly trees echoes the state of our be-ing on this planet – yggdrasill has been teaching us ever thus.

  5. I react on a very deep level to trees. I have had tree friends all my life and I remember each and every one of them as if they were family. Your tree series is most satisfying. I like the way your artistic rendition honors our tree friends everywhere.


  6. ah trees how i love them…

  7. such a powerful picture. The uppermost branches look to me like an ancient female goddess statue with arms uplifted, as I’ve seen unearthed in various digs.

  8. I thought the image alone was incredible–until I read the words underneath and got one of those massive jolts of recognition…thank you…

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