pertho ᛈ

Pronunciation: PEAR-thoh (alternately, PEAR-throh)

Alternative names: perth, perthro, peorth

Translation: disputed or considered unknown

Sound: “P” as in “Pear”

Associated Concepts and Interpretations

Special Note: pertho is largely a mystery to scholars, including just how to pronounce the name of the letter. As Jackson Crawford notes: there appears to be some corruption with this rune. Below is a minimalist list of possible meanings. There are a few other proposed meanings, but I felt that the justification for those was stretched, at best, and chose not to include meanings with sketchy reasoning.




Hidden knowledge

Knowledge of ørlǫg

Lot cup

Mimir’s Well



Unexpected luck

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 pertho
There is no Icelandic rune for pertho
ᛈ Peorð byþ symble plega and hlehter
   wlancum [on middum], ðar wigan sittaþ
   on beorsele bliþe ætsomne
Peorth is a source of recreation and amusement to the great,
where warriors sit blithely together in the banqueting-hall

last updated: 05 jan 2022

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