Extended Mythology: A Translator for the Valkyrie


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In this episode we take a look at the poem Brynhild tells Sigurd in Episode 01, and break down it's meaning. 

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As promised here is some information about the two runes mentioned in this episode.
Description of the runes:

The rune for T is also referred to as Tiwaz and sometimes Tyr, the God for whom this rune is associated with. This rune can be written in its standard form (see the image attached) or it can be stacked as a charm to invoke Tyr himself. We find evidence of this stacking on a few runestones. One particular stone called the Kylver stone, so named because it was found in a cemetery being excavated near a farm in Kylver, Gotland, dates to 400 CE, and features an 8 stacked Tiwaz. There are examples of three stacked runes as well. It's possible that the line “Twice name Tyr therein” could refer to carving a double stacked Tiwaz.

The rune for N is called nauðr and is the rune meaning need. It can can also refer to hardship or unfulfilled desire. The old Norwegian rune poem states:

ᚾ Nauðr gerer næppa koste;
nøktan kælr í froste.

Constraint gives scant choice;
a naked man is chilled by the frost.

Did this help you figure out what Brynhild was talking about?