algiz ᛉ

Pronunciation: AHL-geez

Alternative names: elhaz, eoih, elgr, alhiz

Translation: elk or elk sedge

Sound: “Z” as in “zipper”

Associated Concepts and Interpretations


Bifrost bridge


Elk sedge

Guardian spirit

Higher self

Link with fylgja


Spiritual guidance/connection

Swan (as algiz)

Sword (as kenning)


Upcoming opportunity/quest

Valkyries (as crow’s foot or raven’s foot symbolism)


Associated Rune Poems

(as translated by Bruce Dickins, 1915; public domain)

A number of interpretations are derived from the various runic poems and those associated with this rune (where available) are included below for further consideration.

There is no Norwegian rune poem for algiz
There is no Icelandic rune poem for algiz
ᛉ Eolh-secg eard hæfþ oftust on fenne
   wexeð on wature, wundaþ grimme,
   blode breneð beorna gehwylcne
   ðe him ænigne onfeng gedeþ
The Eolh-sedge is mostly to be found in a marsh;
it grows in the water and makes a ghastly wound,
covering with blood every warrior who touches it

last updated: 21 jan 2022

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