*EhwaR

Springa snabbare på vägen
EhwaR, EhwaR, EhwaR

Ryttaren och hästen som en
EhwaR, EhwaR, EhwaR

Dra mig till mitt mål
EhwaR, EhwaR, EhwaR

The horse, strong and fast, brings the rider to where he needs to be. The steed of nobility, it travels fast and bears much weight. The union of rider and horse accomplishes much left undone by either alone, but the horse must be willing, and the rider must be wise.

Through trust and loyalty, the rider and the horse may work together as one. Through focus on their goal, they travel far, eventually reaching the destination. EhwaR is the the union; the strength of one and wisdom of another, accomplishing a greater goal. EhwaR is strength of the pounding hooves, rhythmic and powerful in gallop. The reins firmly held drive them ever onward; a far journey now made possible.

“Horse is joy to earls and nobility;
proud in its hoofs, delight and talk of wealthy warriors,
and comfort to the restless”
-Anglo-Saxon rune poem

Springa snabbare på vägen
EhwaR, EhwaR, EhwaR

Ryttaren och hästen som en
EhwaR, EhwaR, EhwaR

Dra mig till mitt mål
EhwaR, EhwaR, EhwaR

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Number: 19

Phonetic Value: E

Literal Meaning: Horse

Associations: Comfort, restlessness, union, cooperation, delight

*TiwaR

TyR
Ära är jag

TyR
Rättvisa söker jag

TyR
Mig själv offrar jag

TyR
Seger uppnår jag

TiwaR is the rune of TyR, the bravest of the Aesir; the one-handed god of justice and decisive battle. In bravery did TyR sacrifice of himself in order to assure that justice was made complete and honor restored. So must sacrifices be made to achieve many victories; seldom does a battle worth fighting leave not a scar. Justice sits as a brother alongside hope and renewal.

“TyR is Baldr’s brother,
one-handed aesir God,
wolf’s left-overs.”
-Icelandic rune poem

God of the Althing is mighty TyR, called upon for settlement of disputes. Many battles are fought with words, though some must come to blows. Justice is found in right action, and the will to achive. The faint of heart and weak of will are not long remembered.

“Tyr is one-handed Aesir-God.
Often a smith must blow.”
-Danish rune poem

As the polar star has long guided explorers, so may this rune, invoked, give guidance to achieve noble victory. As long as the heart and mind hold fast through the dark of night, TiwaR’s justice is achieved.

“Glory is a guiding sign; it keeps good faith with nobility,
over the cloud of night it is always on its path,
it never fails.”
-Anglo-Saxon rune poem

TyR
Ära är jag

TyR
Rättvisa söker jag

TyR
Mig själv offrar jag

TyR
Seger uppnår jag

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Number: 17

Phonetic Value: T

Literal Meaning: TyR

Associations: Justice, bravery, sacrifice, guidance, victory

*Sowilo

Sola gjekk I ringen, sumaren sende
hanar galar rismål for alvar I enga

Tveimar ek sowilo ristan

Sola gjekk I ringen, sumaren sende
hanar galar rismål for alvar I enga

Tveimar ek sowilo fahido

Sola gjekk I ringen, sumaren sende
hanar galar rismål for alvar I enga

Tveimar ek sowilo galar

Sowilo, the sun, shines upon the land, bringing with it the light of hope and growth. The energy of its rays brings life up from the ground. It is the mighty sustainer of life; without which there would be only cold and death. In its light, the seed will grow; in its absence, the seed will die.

“Sun is light of lands.
I bow to the dome of holiness.”
-Danish rune poem

The hope of the sun’s returning has held the hearts of men afloat for ages innumerable. As winter closes in and the sun’s light seems to leave us forever, the promise of its return remains. Through the harsh winters, we have persisted in the knowledge that the life-giving warmth will be felt again. We rejoice in the waking of the earth once again.

“Sun is ship’s shield,
shining halo,
turning wheel.”
-Icelandic rune poem

Guiding light is given by the sun, when men seek to travel across both land and water. In the dark of night oft do men stray from their course and become lost, or fall prey to dangers lurking, but by day the way is clear, and the hazards visible. The sun is that which both gives life and helps to maintain it. Hail to the life-giving orb!

“Sun is constant pleasure to sea men,
when they travel over fishes’ bath,
until it brings them to land.”
-Anglo-Saxon rune poem

Sola gjekk I ringen, sumaren sende
hanar galar rismål for alvar I enga

Tveimar ek sowilo ristan

Sola gjekk I ringen, sumaren sende
hanar galar rismål for alvar I enga

Tveimar ek sowilo fahido

Sola gjekk I ringen, sumaren sende
hanar galar rismål for alvar I enga

Tveimar ek sowilo galar

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Number: 16

Phonetic Value: S

Literal Meaning: Sun

Associations: Light, guidance, returning, turning wheel

*AlgiR

AlgiR i strid,
skydda mig.
Liv kostar ofta liv.
Omringa mig,
med skyddande makter.
Avvärj nu alla faror.

AlgiR, the elk-sedge, the sword in the fen. It defends itself at the expense of its attacker’s blood, as the sword upon the field of battle. AlgiR is protection of the self through force exerted outward. It is the spokes upon the, Ægishjálmur, the Helm of Awe. Its forks extend outward from the center, the self surrounded. In all directions it points its protective force, to injure all who seek to harm its source.

The AlgiR rune in one’s friend in battle, be it physical or non. Invoked upon the self, it unleashes the mind’s and the spirit’s wills to survive through what means are necessary.

“Elk-sedge is often found in a fen;
grows in water, makes grim wounds,
blood-stains everyone who tries to wrestle it.”
Anglo-Saxon rune poem

AlgiR is the yew, shaped into the bow, and used for the defense of the self, and the hunt for survival. The arrow hurler kills, so that its user may live on. When AnsuR’s speech has been used to its limit, and there is no swaying the Jotun-wrath of Thurs, AlgiR is the last defense, that of bloodshed.

“Bow is double-bent,
battle-help,
arrow hurler”
-Icelandic rune poem

AlgiR i strid,
skydda mig.
Liv kostar ofta liv.
Omringa mig,
med skyddande makter.
Avvärj alla faror.

 

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Number: 15

Phonetic Value: Z/R (Terminal R having a half-pronounced sound)

Literal Meaning: Elk

Associations: Wounds, weapons, battle, protection

*Perþo

Nu sitter vi i ölhall
och spelar spel.
Chans i spel som chans i liv
Pertho

Nu sitter vi i ölhall
och spelar spel.
Chans i spel som chans i liv
Pertho

 

Pertho is the gamble taken in life. No life or death situation, but like a game of chance. It is the light-hearted blind step which adds the excitement to one’s life and can strengthen bonds of friendship. A small wager between friends; a roll of the dice; Pertho is the gamble which keeps life interesting.

“Pertho is a constant source of amusement
and laughter to the proud;
where warriors sit in the beer-hall,
cheerfully together.”
-Anglo-Saxon rune poem

Nu sitter vi i ölhall
och spelar spel.
Chans i spel som chans i liv
Pertho

Nu sitter vi i ölhall
och spelar spel.
Chans i spel som chans i liv
Pertho

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Number: 14

Phonetic Value: P

Literal Meaning: Amusement

Associations: Chance, companionship, laughter, pride

*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

*Jara

Jera

Jara
Tar med sig gåvor
Årets
Mäktiga skjörd

Jara
Tar med sig gåvor
Årets
Mäktiga skjörd

 

Jara is the greatest of cycles. The cycle of life ever flowing and renewing, able to be witnessed by all in its entirety. Birth, growth, death and rebirth; all within the year’s mighty splendor. The seeds sewn early bring joy to men, for their toil brings forth rewards of livelihood. But he who lazily sits back, and does not give good effort, will see fields dead as before, and little to keep him fed in the winter months.

The fruitful field in summer is what prepares for winter’s sweeping death upon the land. But soon after, the soil is released from the chilling ice, and seeds may again grow to create fields of richness.

“Year is men’s benefits,
good summer,
fruitful field.”
-Icelandic rune poem

In this same way, the seeds sewn of one’s actions will yield their fruit, for good or ill. What effort is invested into one’s desires will later see those dreams fulfilled, or left wanting. Man is responsible for his life’s prosperity; there is no aid freely given to one who will not first help himself.

“Year is good to men,
when the god, holy king of heaven,
makes earth give fruits for rich and poor.”
-Anglo-Saxon rune poem

Jara
Tar med sig gåvor
Årets
Mäktiga skjörd

Jara
Tar med sig gåvor
Årets
Mäktiga skjörd

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Number: 12

Phonetic Value: Y (As per the sound of j in Germanic languages)

Literal Meaning: Year

Associations: Harvest, fertility, benefits, cycles