Tag Archives: Helix

Axis Mundi

Archaeologists in their digging and dating trace the oldest runic alphabet back to the late second century. The oldest rune carvings are often of the alphabet itself, carved in order.… More

Fen

Turn back, don’t you see? Look where you are, that evil plant spiraling all around this place, sharp, dangerous, don’t grab it no matter how unstable this marshy ground,… More

Solve for X = a stand in for consonant clusters: ks for word endings and after stressed vowels, voiced gz for before stressed vowels, unvoiced ks when it comes before a t, and kzh for the… More

Rune Casting: Eolhx

You’ll be mired in it. You’ll twist yourself up trying to get out of a quagmire and end up bogged down in quicksand. Sinking. Don’t grab over your head for something… More

How to See the Pair in the Middle.

The rune carvers thought in pairs. They had a whole pronoun classification for the two that are also one, so it is no surprise to find pairs in the Rune Poem, matched thematically: the… More

Twist

The answer to this stanza riddle is the word eolhx, meaning unclear. We know this is the name of the rune because this word appears in the only copy we have of the Rune Poem, printed in 1705… More

Translating Eolhx

This is a stanza about a plant; it’s clear from the context and from the word secg, which means a sedge or reed. It also means a person, poetically, and a sword. In Beowulf it is a … More