Norns Range

Feature Type:Range (2) - Group or chain of mountains or hills.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: SW of junction of Little Slocan and Slocan Rivers, N of Castelgar, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°30'00''N, 117°50'00''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 82F/12
Related Maps: 82F/12
82F/5

Origin Notes and History:

Norns Mountains adopted 7 May 1900 on Geological Survey sheet 791, West Kootenay, 1900. Form of name changed to Norns Range 6 October 1955 on 82/SW.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Name submitted by R.W. Brock in his 2 April 1900 letter to Geological Survey of Canada. The Norns or Nornin were the three Goddesses of Destiny; it is believed that the Norns decided the destinies of Gods, Giants, Elves and Dwarfs as well as humankind. The Norns - Urda (the Past), Verdandi (the Present) and Skuld (the Future) - were said to guard a well of white water - Urda's Well - that was so holy that none might drink from it. (information provided December 2007 by Slocan historian Innes Cooper, encapsulated from The Encyclopedia of Mythology by A. Cotterell; Anness Publishing Ltd, London, 1996; and from Mythology by Edith Hamilton; Little, Brown & Co., Boston, 1942.)

Source: included with note