Pronunciation: MAHN-naz

Alternative names: madr, madir, mann

Translation: man, mankind, human

Sound: “M” as in “man”


Associated Concepts and Interpretations

Assistance

Compassion

Family

Humanity

Human potential

Intelligence

Intuition/self-awareness/awareness

Love

Mani (the Moon)

Rational mind

Relationships/friendships/romantic relationships

Seeing clearly/awakening

The Self/one’s inner being

Self-care

Social order


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.

Norwegian:
ᛘ Maðr er moldar auki;
mikil er græip á hauki
ᛘ Madhr
Man is an augmentation of the dust;
great is the claw of the hawk
Icelandic:
ᛘ Maðr er manns gaman
   ok moldar auki
   ok skipa skreytir.
   homo mildingr
Madr - Man
   Delight of man
   and augmentation of the earth
   and adorner of ships
Anglo-Saxon:
ᛗ Man byþ on myrgþe his magan leof:
   sceal þeah anra gehwylc oðrum swican,
   forðum drihten wyle dome sine
   þæt earme flæsc eorþan betæcan
Mann
The joyous man is dear to his kinsmen;
yet every man is doomed to fail his fellow,
since the Lord by his decree will commit the vile carrion to the earth

last updated: 22 jan 2022


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