It is the rune of ice, and is represented by a simple vertical line Image185.gif and it has remained constant throughout time.
Cognates: German, 'Eis' (ice); English, ice

Texts related to Isaz

Viking Rune Poem

Is (ice) we call it a large bridge.
A blind man needs a guide.

Icelandic Rune Poem

Iss (ice) is bark of rivers
and roof of the wave
and destruction for doomed men.

Old English Rune Poem

Is (ice) is extremely cold and immeasurably slippery;
it glitters clear as glass, very like jewels;
it is a floor wrought by the frost, fair to behold.

Old English Rune Poem, as translated by Marijane Osborn

Ice is cruelly cold and slippery.
It glistens like glass, gleams like a jewel.
A floor made of frost fair to the eye.

Ninth Runic Stanza of the Havamal

I know a ninth: when need I have
To shelter my ship on the flood,
The winds it calms, the waves it smooths
And puts the sea to sleep.

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