The Viking Runes

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    First I make a topic for the ancient runes.
    Not specified to ww2 but good to know,very interesting and help to understand the cogitation of the Northern peoples
    Sorry for the double posts the charachter number is limited
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    Fehu (Cattle)
    Wealth; Money, financial prosperity, the Price
    The basic meaning of Fehu is wealth in the sense of money or currency. Cattle were mobile property, a measurement of one's wealth. Fee, a payment, comes from this term and so the rune has the added meaning of the price one must pay for any action or inaction. Indeed the old Norse Rune Poem warns that `Money causes strife among kinsmen’.
    Throughout the old Norse legends the deities and heroes were continually paying the price for their actions. Odin craved wisdom and so he went to the spring of Mimir at the root of Ygdrassil, the World Tree. Mimir demanded the payment of one of Odin's eyes as payment for a drink from the waters of memory. Odin accepted and never regretted his sacrifice.
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    The eye was placed in the fountain and each morning Odin drank of its healing waters. Odin's outer vision was replaced by an inner guide and the conscious sight in his blind eye by contact with unconscious wisdom. But his new insight was a double-edged sword for Odin understood now that all things must pass, even the rule of the Elder Gods.
    Tyr, the Spirit Warrior, God of Courage and War paid the price of his right Sword hand to bind Fenris Wolf who was threatening the gods. However he too was aware even as he made his sacrifice that Fenris Wolf could only be bound till Ragnarok and the Last Battle.
    But the price may not involve noble sacrifice; Freya, Goddess of Beauty and Love, was prepared to give her body to four hideous dwarves, Alfrigg, Dvalin, Berling and Gerr, so that she might obtain the wonderful golden necklace they had fashioned that would make her even more lovely and desirable.
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    Uruz (Aurochs)
    Strength; Primal strength, courage, Overcoming Obstacles
    The auroch was a huge wild, very fierce ox, much like the Longhorn cattle of modern times. The horns of these creatures were worn on the Viking helmets, engraved with the UR rune to transfer by associative magic the strength of the auroch to warriors. The last aurochs roamed the plains of Northern Europe about 1627.
    Uruz is also associated with the primal creative force, since in Norse mythology, Audhumla, was the primal cow formed from the dripping rime produced from the union of Fire and Ice at the time of Creation. Her milk nourished the cosmic giant Ymir. She also licks into being out of a block of ice Buri, the producer and grandfather of Odin and his brothers.
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    The Norse and Icelandic Rune poems talk of poem talks of hardship for the herdsman and refinement by suffering using the images of iron and also drizzle and os create an image of hardships and objects to be overcome by strength and endurance. Throughout the Rune poems of the North are reminders of the cold, bleak world in which the Vikings lived and explains why so many of the runes use symbolism of the extremes of ice and fire, rough seas, mist and darkness.
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    Thurisaz (Thorn)
    Protection, challenges, secrecy and Conflicts
    Thurisaz is a rune of protection. It is associated with another harsh image, the thorn trees, although thorns can offer protection from intruders. Bramble or hawthorn bushes were used to hedge boundaries and were traditional in many parts of Europe around the dwellings of those who practiced magic. In the Norse and Icelandic poems, thorn is associated with the Thurs, a "giant" in the Old Norse. There were several groups of "rime-thurses" or frost-giants, who fought with the Gods and maintained the cosmic tension, for they represented the ancient rule before the Aesir came into being.
    Because of this Thorn is a also a rune of challenge to those who seek to make change or go against outmoded tradition.
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    Thurisaz is also associated with Thor, God of Thunder and Courage who sought to protect Asgard, realm of the Gods from the Frost-Giants. Thor had a magical hammer, Mjollnir that always returned to his hand after it had reached its target. As well as defending the gods against the frost giants, Thor's hammer acted as a sacred symbol at marriages, births and funerals.
    Indeed, the tradition of eloping and marrying at the forge at Gretna Green in Scotland recalls this ancient symbolism. In pre-Christian times, the sign of the hammer was made a sacred mark of protection and the thorn rune was drawn or signed to call upon offer similar power.
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    Ansuz (a god)
    Inspiration, wisdom.aspirations and communication
    This is the Father Rune, the rune of Odin, the All-Father.
    Odin was desperate to acquire the wisdom and knowledge of the older order of giants. Having traded one of his eyes for wisdom and obtained the knowledge of the runes by sacrificing himself on the World Tree, he desired the gift of divine utterance. Odin was desperate to obtain the mead of poetry, made from the blood of wise Kvasir, which made everyone who drank of it either a wise man or a poet. Kvasir, himself a creation of the gods, had been killed by dwarves Fjalalr and Galar and the Mead taken as blood price by the giant Suttung whose parents the dwarves had killed.
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    Odin obtained the mead by seducing Gunlod the daughter of Suttung who had stolen it. As Odin carried it back in his form of an eagle he spilled a little outside the walls of Asgard, one of the realms of the gods. Thus some fell to earth and inspired mortal poetry and from time to time Odin would favour mortals or one of the deities and share a little of the poetic mead.
    The Norse Rune Poem talks of `estuary as the way of most journeys’, conveying the concept that communication is essential for transforming inspiration into reality. The gift of the mead involved the death of Kvasir, the death of two giants and trickery by Odin -as with the Norse Runes there is often a harsh price to be paid for anything.Their power is not in the stark contrast of good and evil with good always winning through, but a philosophy whereby there is a struggle to reconcile opposites,to acknowledge man’s own weaknesses and to rise towards a greater understanding. What we say and how we say it can be crucial.
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