Pronunciation of the English Runes – the rune names in the first column, the gealdor-staves in the second, and the nearest pronunciation in the third;


Feoh  :  Feoh  :  “Fee-oh”

Ur  :  Uruz  :  “Ur-uz” (“ur” as in “fur”)

Thorn  :  Thornaz  :  “Thorn-az”

Os  :  Os-uz  :  “Os-uz”   (“os” as in “Oswald)

Rad  :  Radho  :  “Rad-oh”

Ken  :  Kenaz  :  “Ken-az”

Gyfu  :  Gyfu  :  “Gi-fu”

Wyn  :  Wynyo  :  “Wun-yo”


Haegl  :  Haegl-az  :  “Heil-az”

Nyd  :  Nydaz  :  “Need-az”

Is  :  Isa  :  “Ees-ah”

Ger  : Gera  :  “Year-ah”

Eoh  :  Eohw-az  :  “Eihw-az” (sounded like “e” as in “elk” and “i” as in “it”, pronouncing the two as separate letters)

Peorth  :  Peorth  :  “Pay-orth” (“th” as in “thine”)

Eolhs Secg   :   Eolhs  : “Eohl-secg”

Sigel  :  Sigel  : “Sieg-el”

Tir  :  Tiwaz  :  “Tiw-az”

Beorc  :  Béorc: “Beorc-an”  (bee-or-can)

Eh  :  Ehw-az  : “Eh-waz”  (short “e”) [The sound “eh” could have been “ek”.)

Man  :  Man-az  :  “Mann-az”

Lagu  :  Lagus  :  “Lag-uz”

Ing  :  Ingwaz  :  “Ing-waz”

Ethel  :  Ethel :  “œthel” (between œ as in “pot” and “e”, “th” as in “thin”)

Daeg :  Daegaz  :  “Day. – az”

Ac  :  Acaz  :  “Ac-az” (short “a”)

Aesc  :  Aesc-az  :  “Ash-az”

Yr  :  Yr-uz  :  “ur-uz” (“u” pronounced as French lune)

Ior  :  Ior-man  :  “Ee-or-man”

Ear  :  Ear-az  : “ee-ar-az”

Cweorth  :  Cweorth  :  “cway-orth” (“th” as in “thin”)

Calc  :  Calc-az  : “calc-az”

Stan  :  Stanaz  :  “Stan-az” (long “a”)

Gar  :  Gar-el  :  “Gar-el”
 These are rough pronunciations since the true sounds may never be exact, being used orally and not written down until later times.


Nine Glory-Twigs of Woden

A Serpent came sneaking; tried to slay man.
Then took Woden Nine Glory-Twigs,
Smote the Serpent then that it flew in nine pieces;
That the Apple ended it and its venom,
So that it would never enter the house again.

The above drawing represents the Nine Glory-Twigs of Woden, out of which can be drawn all of the 33 rune-staves used within the Ar-Kan Rune-Lag, the unique runic system devised for Woden’s Folk and the Woden Folk-Religion. The above is from the Old English Nine Herbs Charm but its importance is mainly overlooked, due to it being seen as merely a “healing charm” – it has a deeper level of meaning too.

In many mythologies The Serpent embodies the idea of knowledge and wisdom, yet it also has a much darker side. Knowledge and wisdom can be used for good purpose, but they can also be used for evil ends. The Serpent has this much darker symbolism, and in its guise of encircling the world (World Serpent) – at one level – it can be seen as the stranglehold of money, power and global capitalism. Since we find that the USA is central to the New World Order it is perhaps no coincidence that The Serpent is seen rising up the twin pillars (Twin Towers) on the Dollar Bill.

A clue to the meaning of the above lies in the phrase – “So it will never enter the house again”.  We have seen how the Rad-Rune can refer to the rood, and to the suffering god who hangs upon the rood. The Rad-Rune has the meaning of world-order (Rita) but it also has within itself its opposite meaning – destruction. This aspect is symbolized by the rat which is a low-life creature that lives in the filth of sewers and of human waste – it is also the carrier of plague. If we trace the meaning of the term rat back to its roots, we find that it means to leave the falling house which links the symbolism to the above phrase.

The English Heathen should realize the power of the Ancient Runes; they are the keys to the mystery of the English Consciousness, and to the Mysteries of Nature and the Cosmos. Woden is the Rune-Master who gave to us the knowledge of the Runes, after winning them through a Shamanic Initiation upon the World Tree.

All 33 of the English Runes can be found in the Ur-Rune known as the Nine Glory-Twigs. Woden holds the key to the Final Victory over the Serpent of Evil.