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.

Chance/gambling

Divination

Fellowship/joy

Hidden knowledge

Knowledge of ørlǫg

Lot cup

Mimir’s Well

Recreation/games

Uncertainty/risk

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.

Norwegian:
There is no Norwegian rune poem for pertho
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Icelandic:
There is no Icelandic rune poem for pertho
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Anglo-Saxon:
ᛈ Peorð byþ symble plega and hlehter
   wlancum [on middum], ðar wigan sittaþ
   on beorsele bliþe ætsomne
Peordh
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


A list of references is available.

Audio associated with this rune is a creation of the author’s and is released to the public domain. Back-linking and attribution are appreciated, but not required, for use.

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