The Askefruer, which means "Ash Maidens," are a Norse
variation of the common mythological theme of spirits
, that inhabite trees, most of whom are women.
The ash tree was particularly important to ancient northerners: the World Tree
, the axis about which the world revolved, was the ash tree Yggdrasil
. The ash also became important to the later tribe of the Angles and the Celts, upon which they built their system of divination, Ogham