The title of this blog comes from the Norse for "middle yard," referring to Earth, the realm of men, as contrasted than realm of the Aesir gods (Odin and his gang) and the underworld. I toyed with Yggdrasil, the world tree that spans all realms, Mimisbrunnr, the well of all wisdom, and Ginnungagap, the primordial void out of which the world formed, but they seemed a bit pretentious. I think the world we live in is plenty interesting as it is, even without gods, supernatural wisdom, or naive origin stories. I chose the Swedish spelling (with two a's to represent that funny "a" with the circle on top) to reflect my one-quarter Swedish heritage.
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