Note: Below is the Bellow translation of the section of The Poetic Edda that deals with the Norns.

An ash I know
With water white
Thence come the dews
Green by Urthar's well

Thence come the maidens
Three from the dwelling
Urth is one named,
-- on the wood is scored, --
Laws they made there,
To the sons of men,

Yggdrasil its name
is the great tree wet;
that fall in the dales,
does it ever grow.

mighty in wisdom
down 'neath the tree;
Verthandi the next
and Skuld the third.
and life allotted
and set their fates.

trans. 1926 Henry Adams Bellows The Poetic Edda