Old Norse Rune Poem

Fe veldr frænda rogi; foeðisk ulfr i skogi.
Fee causes kinsmen contention; grows up the wolf in the forest.

Ur es af illu jarni;opt hleypr hreinn a hjarni.
Slag is from poor iron; often runs reindeer on hard frost.

Þurs veldr kvenna kvillu; katr verðr far af illu.
Thurse causes women sickness; cheerfulness happens little from difficulty.

Oss es flestra ferða för; en skalpr er sverðr.
Oss is most journeys' dealings; but sheath is the sword's.

Reið kveða hrossum versta; Reginn slo sverðit bezta.
Riding is said for horses worst; Reginn forged of swords the best.

Kaun es beygja barna; böl gørir mann fölvan.
Sore is curse of children; sorrow makes man pale.

Hagall es kaldastr korna; Kristr skop heim inn forna.
Hail is the coldest grain; krist fashioned the world in ancient times.

Nauð gørir hneppa kosti; nøktan kelr i frosti.
Need makes for scant choices; naked ones freeze in frost.

Is köllum bru breiða; blindan þarf at leiða.
Ice all call the bridge broad; the blind require leading.

Ar es gumna goði; getk at örr vas Froði.
Harvest is man's profit; I think open-handed was Froði.

Sol es landa ljomi; lutik helgum domi.
Sol is radiance of lands; I bow to holiness' doom.

Tyr es einhendr Asa; opt verðr smiðr at blasa.
Tyr is the one-handed Aesir; often happens the smith must blow.

Bjarkan's laufgroenstr lima; Loki far flærðar tima.
Birch is with leafy, greenest limbs; Loki bore deceit's luck.

Maðr es moldar auki, mikil es greip a hauki.
Man is dust's increase, Mighty is the hold of the hawk.

Lögr's es fellr or fjalli, foss; en gull eru hnossir.
Water is, falling from mountains, force; but gold a costly ornament.

Yr es vetrgroenstr viða; vant's, es brennr, at sviða.
Yew is winter-greenest wood; expected, when burning, singeing.



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