Jonas Lau Markussen

ᚦ Þurs

A thurs is also known as a jötunn or troll. But more commonly known as a giant in modern popular culture, though the term can be misleading as a thurs isn’t necessarily larger than humans or æsir.



Stanza from the Icelandic Rune Poem:


Thurs is the cause of anguish to women
and cliff-dweller
and wedded to Varðrún.



Stanza from the Norwegian Rune Poem:


Thurs causes anguish to women;
misfortune makes few men cheerful.



LO: Long-branch
SH: Short-twig
ST: Staveless
VA: Variant
TW: Twig-runes
NO: Old Norse transliteration
EN: Modern English transliteration

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