The Icelandic Rune Poem

 



Wealth

    source of discord among kinsmen

    and fire of the sea

    and path of the serpent.




Shower

    lamentation of the clouds

    and ruin of the hay-harvest

    and abomination of the shepherd.




Giant

    torture of women

    and cliff-dweller

    and husband of a giantess.




God

    aged Gautr

    and prince of Ásgarðr

    and lord of Vallhalla.





Riding

    joy of the horsemen

    and speedy journey

    and toil of the steed.




Ulcer

    disease fatal to children

    and painful spot

    and abode of mortification.




Hail

    cold grain

    and shower of sleet

    and sickness of serpents.




Constraint

    grief of the bond-maid

    and state of oppression

    and toilsome work.




Ice

    bark of rivers

    and roof of the wave

    and destruction of the doomed.




Plenty

    boon to men

    and good summer

    and thriving crops.




Sun

    shield of the clouds

    and shining ray

    and destroyer of ice.




Týr

    god with one hand

    and leavings of the wolf

    and prince of temples.




Birch

    leafy twig

    and little tree

    and fresh young shrub.




Man

    delight of man

    and augmentation of the earth

    and adorner of ships.




Water

    eddying stream

    and broad geysir

    and land of the fish.




Yew

    bent bow

    and brittle iron

    and giant of the arrow.

 

In Modern English

Fé er frænda róg

    ok flæðar viti

    ok grafseiðs gata

    aurum fylkir.





Úr er skýja grátr

    ok skára þverrir

    ok hirðis hatr.

    umbre vísi




Þurs er kvenna kvöl

    ok kletta búi

    ok varðrúnar verr.

    Saturnus þengill.





Óss er algingautr

    ok ásgarðs jöfurr,

    ok valhallar vísi.

    Jupiter oddviti.





Reið er sitjandi sæla

    ok snúðig ferð

    ok jórs erfiði.

    iter ræsir.





Kaun er barna böl

    ok bardaga [för]

    ok holdfúa hús.

    flagella konungr.





Hagall er kaldakorn

    ok krapadrífa

    ok snáka sótt.

    grando hildingr.




Nauð er Þýjar þrá

    ok þungr kostr

    ok vássamlig verk.

    opera niflungr.




Íss er árbörkr

    ok unnar þak

    ok feigra manna fár.

    glacies jöfurr.





Ár er gumna góði

    ok gott sumar

    algróinn akr.

    annus allvaldr.





Sól er skýja skjöldr

    ok skínandi röðull

    ok ísa aldrtregi.

    rota siklingr.




Týr er einhendr áss

    ok ulfs leifar

    ok hofa hilmir.

    Mars tiggi.





Bjarkan er laufgat lim

    ok lítit tré

    ok ungsamligr viðr.

    abies buðlungr.




Maðr er manns gaman

    ok moldar auki

    ok skipa skreytir.

    homo mildingr.





Lögr er vellanda vatn

    ok viðr ketill

    ok glömmungr grund.

    lacus lofðungr.




Ýr er bendr bogi

    ok brotgjarnt járn

    ok fífu fárbauti.

    arcus ynglingr.

In Old Icelandic