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The Norns are female beings in Norse mythology, who utter prophecies of upcoming future events and control the destiny of gods and mortals.

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The Norns appear after Magnus's death is shown. They reveal that he is a son of Frey and recite a prophecy.


The Norns are described in The Sword of Summer as three 9-feet-tall women shrouded in white. Under their hoods, their faces are beautiful, but unnerving – blank white, even their eyes, with their skin being like sculpted snow. Trailing behind them is a sheet of fog like a bridal train.

When they speak, it comes as a soft disembodied voice which resonates, seeping into Magnus' head, "turning [his] skull into an icebox."


  • Their Greco-Roman counterparts are the Moirai/Fates.
  • In mythology, the three main Norns are named Urd ("fate"), Verdandi ("present"), and Skuld ("future").
  • The Norns originate from Jotunheim, and are classified as giants.
  • The Viking death metal band Amon Amarth has an album titled Fate of Norns. The band itself has many songs involving Norse mythology.


Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
Core Series: The Sword of Summer | The Hammer of Thor | The Ship of the Dead
Main Characters: Magnus Chase | Alex Fierro | Blitzen | Halfborn Gunderson | Hearthstone | Loki | Mallory Keen | Samirah al-Abbas | Sumarbrander | Thomas Jefferson Jr.
Minor Characters: Annabeth Chase | Frederick Chase | Randolph Chase | Helgi | Hunding | Gunilla | Junior | Lars Alhstrom | Amir Fadlan | Alderman | Inge | Percy Jackson
Norse Gods: Freya | Thor | Ullr | Frey | Odin | Heimdall | Vidar | Sif | Frigg | Tyr
Minor Gods: Skírnir | Norns | Mimir | Ran | Hel | Sigyn | Aegir | Nine Billow Maidens | Njord
Jotnar: Surt | Utgard-Loki | Harald | Ymir | Geirrod | Gjalp | Greip | Thrym | Thrynga | Tiny | Hrungnir | Red | Tattoo | Gunlod | Suttung | Baugi | Skadi | Hrym
Monsters: Jormungand | Ratatosk | Vedrfolnir | Nidhogg | Fenris Wolf | Lindworm | Wight | Brunnmigi
Magical Creatures: Dwarf | Elf | Sleipnir | Stanley | Marvin | Otis | Jotunn | Hulder | Nøkks | Vatnavaettir | Nisser
Related Content: Rick Riordan | Hotel Valhalla Guide to the Norse Worlds | 9 from the Nine Worlds