Ting – thing, thingstead – where public and communal matters were settled. The thingsteads played a pivotal role in Norse mythology as well as in prehistoric Nordic society. The highly esteemed gods met at the thingstead by Yggdrasil to deliberate. From here, the gods created order and structure in the world. They named objects and beings, they created time and fought against the chaos that would eventually lead to Ragnarok.