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Subj: Re: OT: Any people knowledgeable about rune-associations here?
Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 at 12:14:45 pm EST (Viewed 230 times)
Reply Subj: OT: Any people knowledgeable about rune-associations here?
Posted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 at 09:45:06 pm EST (Viewed 260 times)

    I'm currently designing a fire-giant character, so therefore I'm checking out what runes are traditionally associated with various incarnations of fire.

    Seems like there is actually quite a few runes in the elder futhark that's associated with fire! If I'm getting this right then the following are apparently fire-types:

    1.Fehu (cattle-riches), 2.Uruz(beginning),3.sowilho(sun), 4.dagaz(daybreak), 5.nauthiz(fate), 6.kenaz(fire), 7.thurisaz(giant)

    It would appear as if Kenaz is actually the only rune that is directly linked to good ol' Surtur, yes? But which of these other runes would be fitting to associate with a giant, and which ones wouldn't work because of a too close connection to an Aesir?

    Thankful for any insight into this stuff, friends! \=\)

Fehu could work if this was a particularly wealthy giant we're talking about here. It's been theorized the rune was associated w/ the Vanir which would probably disqualify it based on your criteria, but nothing conclusive about that interpretation has been proven as far as I know, so it should still be good if you choose to use it.

Uruz I wouldn't use if you're going to emphasize the fire aspect of your giant, as while it was associated w/ an untamed form of cattle that could be associated w/ the wild strength of a giant, it also has a strong water connotation.

Sowilho and Dagaz can be ruled out right off the bat as in addition to representing the natural phenomena of the sun and day, it would then also by default represent Sol and Dagr, the goddess and god who personify sun and day respectively, and both deities are associated w/ the Aesir.

Nauthiz is really associated w/ the state of needing something, and is traditionally believed to have been invoked to ask for help, so unless your fire giant is particularly beneficial, I'd rule this one out.

I don't recall if or where Kenaz was associated w/ Surtur, but the rune does have an association w/ fire (as well as a distinctly negative connotation w/ ulcers as a cause of death) making it the the most natural fit thus far.

Thurisaz is also popularly associated w/ Thor, but IMO is best connected to the Giants/Jotuns.

Since this is for a fire giant character, I personally think Kenaz and Thurisaz would be the best choices.

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