Mannaz

Cognate: English, man and human; German, 'Mensch' (human).
Mannaz has always been represented by they symbol in the Elder Futhark and in the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc. In the Younger Futhark, its form changes to take on Algizs form from the Elder Futhark: .

 

Texts linked to Mannaz

Viking Rune Poem

mar (man) is an augmentation of the dust;
great is the claw of the hawk.

Icelandic Rune Poem

mar (man) is the joy of man
and augmentation of the dust
and adorner of ships.

Havamal

When I was still young,
I walked my path alone And I lost my way.
I was very happy to meet my fellow man,
Man is the joy of man.

Havamal

The torch lights another torch,
The flame feeds the flame,
Man knows man by speech,
The idiot does not know how to be recognized.

Old English Rune Poem

Man rejoicing in life is cherished by his kinsmen;
yet everyone must betray his fellow,
because the Lord purposes by his decree
to commit the wretched human body to the earth.

Old English Rune Poem, as translated by Marijane Osborn

A Man with wit is warmly adored.
Yet each must abandon the best of friends:
the chooser of the slain will cherish too
that body doomed to the dark earth.

Fourteenth Runic Stanza of the Havamal

I know a fourteenth, that few know:
If I tell a troop of warriors
About the high ones, elves and gods,
I can name them one by one.
(Few can the nit-wit name)

 


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