Ygddrasil back tattoo

YGGDRASIL

YGGDRASIL

 

The world tree

The world is made up of nine realms  in Norse mythology, this was the inspiration for middle earth in  Tolkien’s Lord of the rings.

The realms  are all connected through “Yggdrasil” a giant ash tree connecting the realms through its  branches.

At the top in it’s branches lives a giant eagle who overlooks the whole world.

A squirrel “Ratatosk” runs between the eagle at the top and the dragon Niddhögg at the bottom,

delivering insults between the two.

 

The Nine realms in Norse Mythology :

 

 

ASGARD

The home of the Aesir  where Odin resides

 

MIDGARD

 

Lies in the middle of the world this is where humans live.

 

VANAHEIM

A different type of gods live here the “Vanir”,

Njord is there ruler.

 

ALFHEIM

 

Home to the elf’s ruled by Frej

 

MUSPELHEIM

 

Home of the fire-giants Ruled by the giant “Surt”

 

 

JOTUNHEIM

 

Home of the frost giants the sworn enemies of Odin and the Aesir.

 

SVARTALFHEIM

 

The underworld and home of the dwarfs.

 

HEL

Land of the dead

 

NIFELHEIM

 

Beyond Hel lies Niefelheim in the darkest of depths  the dragon Nidhögg resides here gnawing away at the roots of Yggdrasil

Yggdrasil tattoo by carl at Valhalla tattoo

Yggdrasil tattoo by carl at Valhalla Tattoo