Ancient Rune Introduction

Runes have long been used as vital tools for transformation. The Norse employed them as devices for communication, and the Viking would use them before embarking on a journey or entering battle. 


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 Name: Fehu, “cattle.” Phoneme: F. Meaning: wealth.

 Name: Uruz, “aurochs.” Phoneme: U (long and/or short). Meaning: strength of will.

 Name: Thurisaz, “Giant.” Phoneme: Th (both soft and hard). Meaning: danger, suffering.

 Name: Ansuz, “an Aesir god.” Phoneme: A (long and/or short). Meaning: prosperity, vitality.

 Name: Raidho, “journey on horseback.” Phoneme: R. Meaning: movement, work, growth.

 Name: Kaunan, “ulcer.” Phoneme: K. Meaning: mortality, pain.

 Name: Gebo, “gift.” Phoneme: G. Meaning: generosity.

 Name: Wunjo, “joy.” Phoneme: W. Meaning: joy, ecstasy.

 Name:Hagalaz, “hail.” Phoneme: H. Meaning: destruction, chaos.

 Name: Naudhiz, “need.” Phoneme: N. Meaning: need, unfulfilled desire.

 Name: Isaz, “ice.” Phoneme: I (long and/or short). Meaning: unknown (the rune poems are ambiguous and contradictory).

 Name: Jera, “year.” Phoneme: Germanic J, modern English Y. Meaning: harvest, reward.

 Name: Eihwaz, “yew.” Phoneme: I pronounced like “Eye.” Meaning: strength, stability.

 Name: unknown. Phoneme: P. Meaning: unknown. (Note: the theory that this rune’s name was “Pertho” is just speculation. No one really knows, because the Viking Age and medieval sources are too vague.)

 Name: unknown (the rune poems are contradictory). Phoneme: Z. Meaning: protection from enemies, defense of that which one loves.

 Name: Sowilo, “sun.” Phoneme: S. Meaning: success, solace.

 Name: Tiwaz, “the god Tiwaz.” Phoneme: T. Meaning: victory, honor.

 Name: Berkanan, “birch.” Phoneme: B. Meaning: fertility, growth, sustenance.

 Name: Ehwaz, “horse.” Phoneme: E (long and/or short). Meaning: trust, faith, companionship.

 Name: Mannaz, “man.” Phoneme: M. Meaning: augmentation, support.

 Name: Laguz. Phoneme: L. Meaning: formlessness, chaos, potentiality, the unknown.

 Name: Ingwaz, “the god Ingwaz.” Phoneme: Ng. Meaning: fertilization, the beginning of something, the actualization of potential.

 Name: Othalan, “inheritance.” Phoneme: O (long and/or short). Meaning: inheritance, heritage, tradition, nobility.

 Name: Dagaz, “day.” Phoneme: D. Meaning: hope, happiness.


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