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olde norsk rune poem


  FE:
gold causes strife among kinsmen;
the wolf grows up in the woods.

  R:
slag is from bad iron;
oft runs the reindeer on the hard snow.

  THURS:
causes the sickness of women;
few are cheerful from misfortune.

  SS:
estuary is the way of most journeys;
but the sheath is such for swords.

  REIH:
riding, it is said, is the worst for horses;
Reginn forged the best sword.

  KAUN:
sore is of children a curse;
grief makes a man pale.

  HAGALL:
hail is the coldest of grains;
Hropt shaped the world in ancient times.

  NAUH:
need makes for a difficult situation;
the naked freeze in the frost.

  SS:
ice, we call the broad bridge;
the blind need to be led.

  R:
good harvest is the profit of men;
I say that Frohi was generous.

  SL:
sun is the light of the lands;
I bow to the holiness.

  TYR:
Tyr is the one-handed among the sir;
the smith has to blow often.

  BJARKAN:
birch twig is the limb greenest with leaves;
Loki brought the luck of deceit.

  MAHR:
man is the increase of dust;
mighty is the talon-span of the hawk.

  LOGR:
water is that which falls from the mountain;
tis a force; but gold tokens are costly things.

  YR:
yew is the greenest wood in Winter;
there is usually, when it burns, singeing.

homeward bound
CONTINUE
ALONG...



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