Alternative names: isaz, is, iss, isarz
Sound: “ee” as in “sleet”
Associated Concepts and Interpretations
Beauty, perhaps seductive
Cold (temperature and relationships)
Verðandi (Norn representing “what is”/present)
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.
ᛁ Ís kǫllum brú bræiða; blindan þarf at læiða
ᛁ Isa Ice we call the broad bridge; the blind man must be led
ᛁ Íss er árbörkr ok unnar þak ok feigra manna fár. glacies jöfurr
Iss - Ice Bark of rivers and roof of the wave and destruction of the doomed
ᛁ Is byþ ofereald, ungemetum slidor, glisnaþ glæshluttur gimmum gelicust, flor forste geworuht, fæger ansyne
Is Ice is very cold and immeasurably slippery; it glistens as clear as glass and most like to gems; it is a floor wrought by the frost, fair to look upon
last updated: 04 jan 2022
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