The Anglo Saxon Runepoem

translation by Yvonne Rathbone


Pagan Things

OE Resources

Old English In Translation
AS Rune Poem
Riddle 7
Riddle 12
Riddle 25
Riddle 47

Old English Vocabulary

Wealth consoles all men
yet each must deal it out freely,
if he wishes to obtain glory by God

The aurochs is proud and has great horns;
it is a very fierce beast, it fights with its horns;
a great moor-ranger , it is daring, headstrong.

The thorn is violently sharp,
for any thane to seize it is an evil,
extremely cruel, immeasurably just.
to all who sit among them.

Os is the creator of all language,
wisdom's support and wise men's consolation,
peace and hope for every knight.

Riding is to every warrior while he is at home
pleasant and very bold to him who sit
on a strong horse over long roads

The pine torch is known to every living man
by a fire pale and shining;
it burns most often where princes rest.

The gift of lords is splendor and praise,
Support and respect and the push to advance for each
servant, and sustenance to he who is otherwise without.

Bliss he enjoys who knows little of grief,
sickness nor sorrow, and has his own inspiration
and happiness and surety each night.

Hail is the whitest of grain;
it whirls out from the vault of heaven
tossed about by gusts of wind
then it melts into water

Trouble is oppressive to the heart;
yet often she is made from strife's issue,
into help and health,
for they who attend to it in time.

Ice is very cold and immeasurably slippery;
it glistens glass-clear like gems;
a floor wrought by frost, to fair countenance.

Summer is men's exultation, when God, the holy King of Heaven,
sets free the earth to bring forth shining fruits
for rich and poor alike.

The yew is a roughed barked tree,
hard and fast to the earth, a guardian of fire,
supported by its roots, a joy upon the native land.

Peorth is always sport and laughter
to the arrogant, where fighting men sit
in the beerhall, blithely united

Eolh-sedge land is most often mud;
it grows in the water, it wounds cruelly with blood,
it consumes each warrior who plucks it

The sun is ever a comfort to seamen
while they ferry it across the fishes' bath,
until the ocean steed brings them to land .

Tiw is a certain portent; it holds truths easily
from princes; it is ever on its course
beyond the mists of night, it never fails.

The birch is without fruit; yet even so it bears shoots
without issue, it is radiant up to its branches, sublime up to its
beautfully adorned crown, its silvery leaves resting on the sky.

It is a joy for a prince to be seen by brave men
on a hoof proud horse, when he salutes them
the prosperous on horseback exchanging stories,
and it is ever a consolation to the restless.

Man is a joy to his beloved kinsmen
yet each must fail all others
just as the Lord by his decree will deliver
that pitiful body to the earth.

The ocean seems interminable to men,
if they must dare it in a precarious ship
and the violent seawaves terrify them
and that ocean's steed heeds not its bridle.

Ing was first seen with the East-Danes,
they say, until, he departed again.
running his chariots after the waves,
so the Heardingas named the hero

An estate is very dear to every man,
if he is allowed, rightly and fittingly
to enjoy life often in his house.

Day is an emmissary from God, dear to men,
famous luminary of God; hope and happiness
to rich and poor, for all to use and enjoy.

The oak is upon the earth, food for the flesh
for the children of men, diligently it travels upon
the gannet's bath, on the ocean they test
whether the oakship has noble faith

The ash is very tall, dear to men and resolute
among the heavens, it rightly holds fast a place,
yet exhorts many men to fight

Yr is of princes and warriors; whose
joy and worth-mind is this war gear
on a fair horse upon a resolute track.

Iar is a river fish and yet it always feeds on land;
it has a fair abode surrounded by water,
where it lives in happiness.

The grave is loathsome to all warriors,
when the body, firm flesh, begins to cool
to choose the earth,
pale bedmate,fruits fail,
happiness passes away, men yeild.