Alternative names: Ur, Urz, Urox
Translation: aurochs (wild ox)
Sound: “U” as in “rune” (“oo”)
Associated Concepts and Interpretations
Initiation/rites of passage
Potential (wild or untamed)
Spirit (as in “fighting spirit”)
Testing limits/trials/trial by ordeal
Transformation in liminal space
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.
ᚢ Úr er af illu jarne; opt løypr ræinn á hjarne
ᚢ Ur Dross comes from bad iron; the reindeer often races over the frozen snow
ᚢ Úr er skýja grátr ok skára þverrir ok hirðis hatr. umbre vísi
Úr - Shower Lamentation of the clouds and ruin of the hay-harvest and abomination of the shepherd
ᚢ Ur byþ anmod ond oferhyrned, felafrecne deor, feohteþ mid hornum mære morstapa; þæt is modig wuht
Ur The aurochs is proud and has great horns; it is a very savage beast and fights with its horns; a great ranger of the moors, it is a creature of mettle
last updated: 16 dec 2021
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