Nordrassil

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Nordrassil
Alexstrasza, Ysera, and Nozdormu blessing Nordrassil.

Nordrassil, meaning "Crown of the Heavens" in Darnassian,[1] is the original World Tree of the night elves, located on the new Well of Eternity, atop Mount Hyjal. It granted the elves immortality, and allowed the druids to enter the Emerald Dream, until the Battle of Mount Hyjal, which removed those blessings. Nordrassil's roots grow deep into the earth, spreading life-giving energy across the world.[2] This is similar to what the first Well of Eternity did before it was destroyed.[3][4]

History

The tree was grown from an acorn of the recently lost Mother Tree, G'Hanir, by the great dragon Alexstrasza in the waters of the newly reborn Well of Eternity on the sacred Mount Hyjal. After that she blessed the tree with strength and vitality, which also extended the night elves. Ysera's blessing upon the tree bound it and the elven druids to the Emerald Dream, allowing them to enter her realm freely where before it required difficult meditation.[2] But the most important blessing came from Nozdormu, which ensured that so long as the tree existed the night elves would remain immortal. This would ensure that even the most corrupt of night elves would be drawn to protect the tree.

During the Battle of Mount Hyjal, Malfurion Stormrage blew on the Horn of Cenarius to summon forth hundreds of nature spirits to defeat Archimonde, thereby sacrificing the night elves' immortality and causing a devastating shockwave, which heavily damaged Nordrassil. Fandral Staghelm led the creation of Teldrassil as a means to regain the immortality blessing of Nordrassil, but this did not work as it was dependent on Nozdormu.

Cataclysm

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In World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, Nordrassil has fully regrown but the elemental Lord Ragnaros has set his forces to attack the tree, with the goal of destroying it. Malfurion, having returned from the Emerald Dream, along with the armies of Cenarius are defending the World Tree.[5][6][7]

Ysera, Alexstrasza, and Nozdormu later gathered with Malfurion and Thrall to restore Nordrassil.[8]

Legion

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A dream portal opens up by the shores of the Well of Eternity, nestled within the roots of Nordrassil itself, allowing druids exclusive access to the Emerald Dreamway.

While attempting to cleanse the branch of G'Hanir from corruption, the druid hero and Lyessa Bloomwatcher come upon the aftermath of a terrible battle. Nordrassil itself is unharmed, but the Burning Legion was able to destroy most of the Well of Eternity. There they aid Omnuron, Hamuul Runetotem, Zen'tabra and Celestine in fighting back the Pit Lord Destromath, protecting the last vestiges of the stricken Well. After the battle, some of its magical waters yet remain and, according to Celestine, as long as at least one drop remains there is still hope.[9]

The Druid hero returns here with the most senior of the Cenarion Circle as they attempt to commune with the spirit of Malorne. They discover that he has become trapped within the Nightmare and resolve to rescue him.

In the RPG

Nordrassil in Lands of Conflict.

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The key point of interest on Hyjal is Nordrassil, the World Tree. It stands thousands of feet high, and its vast canopy almost blocks out the sky. Although the tree suffered much damage in the Third War, it is healing itself. It did not flower or grow leaves the year past the war, but the druids hoped that the coming year it would begin to grow again.[10] Guarded by three dragonflights, the World Tree Nordrassil is slowly regrowing.[11] The bones of Archimonde, the great demon lord who led the invasion of Azeroth in the Third War, still hang from the massive tree’s mighty branches. Many speculate that when the tree regrows completely, the night elves will regain their immortality; but that day may never come if they fail to assist the dragons against the continuing threat of the Burning Legion.[11]

Trivia

  • Nordrassil, the World Tree is almost certainly a reference to the World Tree of Norse mythology, Yggdrasil. Their names are similar, they both have wells underneath them: the Well of Eternity beneath Nordrassil, and the Well of Urd beneath one of the roots of Yggdrasil. Also Nidhoggr, a dragon, gnawed at the roots of Yggdrasil, which could reference back to either Deathwing or Archimonde. These parallels only apply to Nordrassil, the first World Tree, and not Teldrassil, Vordrassil, or Shaladrassil.
  • Since the viewing distance was increased, Nordrassil can be seen from as far back as the Northern Barrens.

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