Sunday, October 14, 2012

Rune Quilt [Quilt]

Wounded I hung on a wind-swept gallows
For nine long nights,
Pierced by a spear, pledged to Odin,
Offered, myself to myself
The wisest know not from whence spring
The roots of that ancient rood.

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They gave me no bread,
They gave me no mead,
I looked down;
With a loud cry
I took up runes;
From that tree I fell.


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Tyr

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Nine lays of power
I learned from the famous Bolthor, Bestla' s father:
He poured me a draught of precious mead,
Mixed with magic Odrerir.

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Waxed and throve well;
Word from word gave words to me,
Deed from deed gave deeds to me.


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Runes you will find, and readable staves,
Very strong staves,
Very stout staves,
Staves that Bolthor stained,
Made by mighty powers,
Graven by the prophetic God.

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For the Gods by Odin,
By Dvalin, too, for the Dwarves,
By Asvid for the hateful Giants,
And some I carved myself:
Thund, before man was made, scratched them,
Who rose first, fell thereafter.

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[Excerpt from Havamal, part of the Poetic Edda. Translation by W. H. Auden and P. B. Taylor.]

8 comments:

  1. And this post with the poem excerpt intertwined with the photos is a work of art in itself. Really reaches out and grabs you.

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    1. The Poetic Edda is beautiful piece of work.

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  2. ohhh yesss.... Odin is most pleased by this \m/ >_< \m/

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  3. Is there a place that I can get pattern?

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  4. Thanks anyway...I'm trying to make one for my son and am having trouble making the runes :)

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