Three triangles created the emblem of the Fate
Goddesses: Weird Sisters (from the Saxon wyrd, meaning 'fate'). Three
of anything arranged in triads suggested a total of nine, so in some
traditions the Fate goddesses
became nine, like the Nine Morgans of the Fortunate Isles in Celtic
myth. - In Scandinavia, the sign of fate was called the valknut, Knot
of the Vala. A Vala was either a female spirit ruling the fates of
men-a Valkyrie-or her representative on earth.
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There is another interesting
historical context in which the rings arise. The diagram was found in
picture-stones on Gotland, an island in the Baltic sea off the
southeast coast of Sweden. These are dated around the ninth century
and are thought to tell tales from the Norse myths. To the Norse
people of Scandinavia, a drawing of the Borromean rings using triangles is known as
"Odin's triangle" of the "Walknot" (or "valknut" -- the knot of the
slain). The symbol was also carved on the bedposts used in their
burials at sea.