from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Mythology Any of the three goddesses of fate in Norse myth.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. any of the three goddesses of fate or destiny.
- proper n. an extinct language that was spoken on the Shetland Islands and Orkney Islands.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of the three Fates, Past, Present, and Future. Their names were Urd, Verdandi, and Skuld. They are identified with the Anglo-Saxon Wyrd, and are similar to the Greek Moirae and Roman Parcae.
- n. A tutelary deity; a genius.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To murmur; complain.
- To say; speak; tell.
- To call.
- n. In Scand. myth., one of the three Fates, whose decrees were irrevocable.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Norse mythology) any of the three goddesses of destiny; identified with Anglo-Saxon Wyrd; similar to Greek Moirae and Roman Parcae
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(Much less thought seems to have been given to this in Norn Iron than in Scotland or Wales; see also further debate on the merits of the proposals here.)
The name of the shop, For Cod and Ulster, is a play on 'For God and Ulster', a well known phrase uttered many a time here in Norn Iron.
Operation Banner, the British Army Operation in Norn Iron ended today after 38 years:
Complaints of this sort don’t go to the local inspector in Norn Iron, we refer everyone to the Ombudsman.
Aside from the fact that he had always had a fondness for the islands, for the varied landscape and the people who spoke a strange tongue called Norn, and who took as their past kings Vikings like Earl Thorfinn the Mighty, he felt as if he were being swept out to sea and away from Scotland.
These are they who dispense the ages of men; they are called Norn [= a] s, that is, Fates.
Verney addresses Necessity as a kind of Norn, blind to human concerns and female as is the Plague itself:
Fate who served Anu, god of the sky, and that "Norn" of the
Norn they were, but their skins were burned brown by a ceaseless sun and a flashing sea.
“Norn ale is stiffer than most,” Logan said, rubbing his forehead.