*IwaR

Ullr I Ydalir,
Böjde sin båge,
Tittar på världarna,
IwaR

Idegran har brännt,
I vinters eldar,
Sprakande varmt,
IwaR

IwaR, the mighty yew, with poisonous bark and strong wood, makes a might bow for hunting and defense. The bow is the tool of life’s preservation, from starvation and attack. From the high point, the guardian can see all threats, and the bow is bent in aim.

“Yew is double-bent bow,
battle-help,
arrow-hurler.”
-Icelandic rune poem

Yew is a strong wood, which burns well in winter. Sputtering and crackling, it provides warmth when it is needed. IwaR provides warmth for survival.

“Yew is greenest wood in winter.
It often crackles when it burns.”
-Danish rune poem

IwaR is a rune of strong roots; of a strong tree which provides many resources for survival. To the people of the land it brings joy, and is often missed where it cannot be found. IwaR is strength in defense, and resources for survival.

“Yew is a tree with rough bark,
hard and firm in earth, supported by its roots,
guardian of flames, a joy to the homeland.”
-Anglo-Saxon rune poem

Ullr I Ydalir,
Böjde sin båge,
Tittar på världarna,
IwaR

Idegran har brännt,
I vinters eldar,
Sprakande varmt,
IwaR

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Number: 13

Phonetic Value: Not known for sure; has been theorized by some as I (Long, as in “light”)

Literal Meaning: Yew

Associations: Roots, firmness, guardians, Yggdrasil

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