Sounds familiar, right? We may hear this somewhere, but do we know exactly what Yggdrasil is?

Yggdrasil is a huge, ash tree that is known to shelter the nine worlds:

(1) Asgard, the home of the Aesir, and they regard Odin as their chief God ;

(2) Vanaheim, the home of the Vanir gods that are very knowledgeable in sorcery and magic, the most popular of all is the goddess Freya/Freyja ;

(3) Jotunheim, the land of the Frost Giants, the sworn enemies of the Aesir ;

(4) Niflheim, the realm ruled by Hel, one of Loki’s children. This is considered as the lowest of all the nine worlds. Gloomy, dark and cold, this is where the people who died of old age go.

(5) Alfheim is where the Light Elves dwell. Alfheim is located right beside Asgard ;

(6) Svartalheim, the land of the Dark Elves. These elves are known to bring bad luck and nightmares, the opposites of the Light Elves. They live underground and don’t want to expose themselves to sunlight. In doing so, it is believed that they will turn to stone ;

(7) Nidarvellir, or the home of the Dwarfs. These Dwarfs are well-known in the field of Metallurgy and craftsmanship, for they fashion weapons, jewelries and other great thing ;

(8) Midgard is where the humans live. There is a bridge (a rainbow bridge) called Bifrost that connects Midgard and Asgard ;

(9) Muspelheim is the land of fire, the home of the Fire Giants. Their ruler is named Surt with his flaming sword. Together with the Jotuns of Frost Giants, these Fire Giants are also sworn enemies of the Aesir.

Once again, to further feed our imagination in how Yggdrasil looks like, I have a list here of the best art from DeviantArt. You can see below how Yggdrasil and the nine worlds are depicted by these talented artists! Enjoy browsing! 🙂

Yggdrasil by DruantiaGaea

Yggdrasil by plomyczek

Yggdrasil by pixieface

Yggdrasil and Midgard by VikingWidunder

Yggdrasil – The World Tree by Duende14

Yggdrasil by BlainoKote

Yggdrasil by fenix42

Yggdrasil by Kuroi-kisin

World Tree by redheaded-step-child

Yggdrasil by redheaded-step-child

There. You’ve seen the different versions of Yggdrasil drawn by these talented artists. You can visit their deviant account and see their other art as well. 🙂

Hope you enjoy this list! Comments and feedbacks are deeply appreciated.

Many thanks to those artists mentioned above for sharing your art! 😀