thurisaz ᚦ



THOOR-ee-sahz (Proto-Germanic)

Alternative names:

Thurs / Þurs (Old Norse, Younger Futhark)

Thorn / Þorn (Old English, Futhorc)


giant or thorn


“TH” as in “thorn”

Associated Concepts and Interpretations


Catalyst, transformation

Challenge or turmoil


Destruction, disruption

Earth, chthonic

Lightning, primal power, unstructured natural forces

Might, potency, strength

Pain or discomfort (with purpose)

Protection, resistance to danger, warning


The unconscious or irrational

Varðrúnar (“warding rune”)

Woman’s health and fertility

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.

ᚦ Þurs vældr kvinna kvillu; 
kátr værðr fár af illu
ᚦ Thurs 
Giant causes anguish to women;
misfortune makes few men cheerful
ᚦ Þurs er kvenna kvöl
ok kletta búi
ok varðrúnar verr.
Saturnus þengill
Thurs - Giant 
Torture of women
and cliff-dweller
and husband of a giantess
ᚦ Ðorn byþ ðearle scearp; ðegna gehwylcum 
anfeng ys yfyl, ungemetum reþe
manna gehwelcum, ðe him mid resteð
The thorn is exceedingly sharp,
an evil thing for any knight to touch,
uncommonly severe on all who sit among them.

last updated: 21 nov 2022

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