Session 3: Fate in Germanic Cultures

fylgja Accompanying spirit, understood to watch over a family or individual and/or come fetch them when it is their time. If you see your fylgja, this foreshadows your imminent death.
Interventionism The belief that a divine principle actively influences individual events, whether that intervention is to be understood as taking place in time, ahead of time, or outside of time
Norns In Old Norse mythology, three female deities governing the fates of humans
Teleology The belief that history moves towards a goal (Greek telos)