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Thurisaz: "thoor-ee-saws"; 'TH' unvoiced th as in "thorn" (never th as in "the")

(TH: Thorn or a Giant.) Reactive force, directed force of destruction and defense, conflict. Instinctual will, vital eroticism, regenerative catalyst. A tendency toward change. Catharsis, purging, cleansing fire. Male sexuality, fertilization. (Thorr, the Thunder god, was of Giant stock.)Thurisaz Reversed or Merkstave: Danger, defenselessness, compulsion, betrayal, dullness. Evil, malice, hatred, torment, spite, lies. A bad man or woman. Rape?

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Fri Apr 18, 2008 4:49 pm
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I suspect that Vardhrunar and Bjargrunar may be references to eachother. Hence it may be traditionally employed in charms relating to easing childbirth.


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Note: Vadhrunar from the Old Icelandic Rune Poem and Bjargrunar from Sigdrifumal.


Fri Apr 18, 2008 5:56 pm
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einhverfr wrote:
Note: Vadhrunar from the Old Icelandic Rune Poem and Bjargrunar from Sigdrifumal.

Please explain? This is new to me and I wish to learn and understand?


Sun Apr 20, 2008 4:04 am
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The last line of the OIRP is:

of vardhrunar verr

Translates as "And Vardhrun's Husband."

In Sigdrifumal, we see:
Bjargrunar skaltu kunna

Translates as "Bjargrunes shall you know."
The rest of the stanza goes on to talk about saving the life of a woman having a difficult labor.

Now it turns out that Bjarg means a rock, mountain, cliff, or support, while the verb form bjarga means to guarantee, secure, or save. The closely related borg means a castle or defensive structure Vardh on the other hand means a rock or a defensive structure, while the verb form means to secure, guarantee, or protect.


Mon Apr 21, 2008 5:00 am
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My point is that in the above evidence, it may be a specific reference in Sigdriumal to the use of this stave in childbirth charms among the Norse. There are more reasons to think this (I have come up with a set of four semantic connections between the Rune Poems and the Eddic references to childbirth magic).


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Hail Brother,

I thank you for sharing your wisdom.


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