Deities of Destiny....
The Norns are three female divine beings who have eminent influence over the course of destiny, more than any other beings in the cosmos and are comparable to the Moirai (also called "The Fates") in Greek mythology. They dwell within the Well of Urd “Well of Destiny” beneath the Yggdrasil, the great ash tree that grows from the well. It stands at the center of the cosmos and holds the Nine Worlds (the dwelling-places of humans, gods, and all other beings) in its branches and roots. Since Yggdrasil's roots and branches connected all the worlds and held the universe together, the Norns were thus responsible for preserving the fabric of all creation. They tended to the health of the tree and kept it from withering.
These Norns are believed to be kind and protective goddesses, however, controling the fate of all beings doesn't come at a small price. They make decisions with nothing else in mind, except weaving the "Tapestry of Destiny" and fullfiling the ultimate divine plan for each Mortal, Immortal, or Gods. They are beings with no emotions and therefore can end a life without a second thought. They are used to even the Gods bending to their will and will use their incredilble power to make sure everything go as they have meticulously planned. Nothing or no one is allowed to stand in their way, not even the Gods.
The Norns are described as three powerful maiden giantesses. Beside these three norns, there are many other norns who arrive when a person is born in order to determine his or her future. They shape destiny by carving runes into the trunk of the Yggdrasil, or, in some sagas and poems, by "weaving destiny like a web or tapestry". Each person's life is said to be a string in their loom, and the length of the string is said to be the length of their life.
One Norn spined out the thread of each life, another measured its length, and the third decided when the thread should be snapped. They controled the destinies of both gods and men, as well as the unchanging laws of the cosmos. They were respected by all for the immense power they possessed over the destinies of gods and humans alike. Once the Norns had decided someone's fate, that destiny could not be changed. Even the principal god, Odin, was subject to their power.
Recent research has discussed the relation between the myths associated with norns and valkyries and traveling Völvas
(seiðr-workers). The norns were thought to have visited newborn children in the pre-Christian Norse societies. Norns within skaldic references are often seen as negative beings that are mostly associated with transitional situations such as violent death and battle. They are also associated with death, however, not all aspects of the norns were negative as they were associated with life and birth as well.
These Norns are responsible for misfortunes. They are seen as evil, cruel, fiendish and vile as they cause all the malevolent and tragic events in the world. Natural Disasters are their favorite act. They use their power to inflict pain and sorrow. They are cold, cruel, and full of malice. They are used to everyone, even the Gods, bending to their will and use their incredilble power to make sure everything goes as they have meticulously planned. Nothing or no one is allowed to stand in their way.
In Norse Mythology there were both malevolent and benevolent norns...