At the very end of House of Leaves, there's a page:
The word "Yggdrasil" doesn't appear anywhere else in the book, and the index, which amusingly lists every word in the book and where it shows up (including some that don't), confirms this.
I've got a lot of questions about this poem.
- Why does Danielewski bring this poem in quite suddenly on the last page of the book, without any clear callbacks to any other references in the book? As far as I'm aware, the notion of a world tree doesn't appear anywhere else, and the book doesn't contain clear allusions to Norse mythology as a whole.
- Which narrator in House of Leaves are we supposed to interpret as the one who decided to include this page? Is there anything to suggest which one of them it should be?
- The poem is supposed to be interpreted as physically looking like the worldtree itself: the "Ygg" and dot at the top are the canopy, "d/r/a/s/i/l" makes the trunk, the poem forms the base. But... what is the large "O" supposed to mean at the bottom of the poem?