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Ulfdalir – (“Wolf-Dales”) The northernmost edge of the world, not far from one of the tunnels which lead down into the Underworld. The Gods never go here. Volund, Aurvandil and Slagfinnur, sons of Ivaldi, chose to become outlaws, and travelled to live here.

úlfhednar – Warriers who took the shape of wolves in battle. See Berzerker.

Ullr, Uller, Ull, Wulder – ON. OE. Winter God of archery, skiing and yew magic.Stepson of Thor, from a previous union between Sif and Orvandil, a star hero. This puts Ullr among the Vanir. His name means “The Brilliant One” and he is associated with the Aurora Borealis. He has been identified as a very archaic God of death in Norway. At some time in history, Ullr was held to be just as important as Odin, and in winter he was considered to be the ruler in Asgard.

Unn(“Billow”) One of Aegir and Ran’s nine wavedaughters who are said to be the mothers of Heimdall, the guardian of the Bifrost bridge.

Urdhr, Verdhandi, Skuld – The Great Norns who shape men’s lives for better or worse

Urdhr, Urdu, Urd – (“Destiny”) One of the Great Norns. Urdhr, the oldest Fate, sits at the Urdawell by Yggdrasil’s root to the south, and spins life-threads with a silver distaff. Her threads involves the humans past. Urdhr (OE Wyrd) is simply the past participle of the verb verda, “to become”. (OE wyrd is similarly formed from the verb weordhan). So Urdhr really means “that which was”, “the past”. Urdhr answered, “Ragnarok”, when Odin when he asked what the future would be. She knew that his eye lay deep in Mimir’s Well of Wisdom, so he already knew the answer to all his questions. But Odin laid all manner of treasures at her feet and begged for an answer. Then she chanted the fearsome, but somehow comforting lay, which tells of Ragnarok and the renewal of the world.

Urdawell, Urda Well, Urdhr’s Well – The where the Gods have their court. The Norns use its water to keep Yggdrasil’s branches from rotting.

Urdarbrunnur – Urda Well.

Utangardhr, Utangardhs – The ring of the elmental worlds ouside Midgardhr. Wild magical unordered space; outside of human society.

Utgardh-Loki – Giant King of a castle in Utgard, who tested Thor and companions in competitions and cheated. Utgardaloki is Elli’s grandson.

Útiseta – (“Sitting-out”) ON. A technique used in seid, where a person “sits out” under the stars to hear inner voices and commune with the universe.The traditional rite of sitting-out is an act of Seid for making contact with your own personal fetch or fylgja and for gaining an ongoing interaction with it. Útiseta is a kind of shamanic vision-quest working. This type of working can be undertaken for a variety of magical purposes. See also: Sitting Out.

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