Pronunciation: oar
Literal Meaning: Otter, possibly some other amphibious animal.
Other names: None
Phonetic value: Io
Rune Poems:
Anglo Saxon - Iar byþ eafix and ðeah a bruceþ fodres on foldan, hafaþ fægerne eard wætre beworpen, ðær he wynnum leofaþ.
Ior is a river fish and though it always feeds on land, it has a lovely home, surrounded by water, where it lives in happiness.

Norwegian - Not Listed.

Icelandic - Not Listed.

        Ior is the rune of catharsis. It represents the beginning of a new chapter through the apex of the old. In Norse legend the otter is often overlooked by modern readers, but with a simple exanimation of one of the most famous epics of Norse mythos, the Nibelungen, or ring cycle, we find that the whole saga began with Loki struck down an otter with a stone. The otter is often discounted as a candidate for this rune because of the word "fish" in the rune poem. It must be remembered that almost all animals that lived in the water were considered fish to the ancients. (click here for full article)





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