Oct 26, 2018 - Explore Doug Neal's board "Havamal sayings from Odin the high one" on Pinterest. -Poetic Edda, Hávamál (trans. I know an eleventh: – if I lead to war – good and faithful friends, – under a shield I shout – the spell that speeds them – well they fare in the fight, – well they fare from the fight, – wherever they go they fare well. It is also mentioned in several of the poems in the Poetic Edda, and for instance in Hávamál, where Odin claims to know 18 galdrar. We can’t say for certain if the material below is accurate or not, but it is interesting enough that I think it’s worth putting on this site. Supporting runes: Jera, Raidho. Supporting runes: Fehu, Inguz. Sound: “h” Intent: Necromancy Following the gnomic "Hávamál proper" follows the Rúnatal, an account of how Odin won the runes, and the Ljóðatal, a list of magic chants or spells. Intent: Necromancy Intent: To keep romance in a marriage A story called Havamal1 or “Sayings of the High One2” tells us just how Odin first learned the runes. Primary rune: To be discovered by the reader Stands for: Rebirth of the Sun God Casting meaning: List’s version of this rune was simply for it to represent the world tree. It was a while back when I found it on some web page and took a closer look at the information for myself. Hávamál (The Speech of the High One) is a poem found in the Edda. Supporting runes: To be discovered by the reader. Written down in the 13th century, it includes heroic tales, including both Creation and Ragnarök. Hidden Runes shalt thou seek and interpreted signs, many symbols of might and power, by the great Singer painted, by the high Powers fashioned, graved by the Utterer of gods. His falchion wounded him. Stands for: Birth Stands for: Örlog (Primal Law) The PDF is included with every purchase of the full album, or may be bought separately, and will be emailed to you. Intent: Healing I know a fourteenth, – as men will find – when I tell them the tales of the gods: – I know all about – the elves and the Æsir – few fools can say as much. Intent: Ability to stop a dart (spear) This article was most recently revised and updated by Kathleen Kuiper, Senior Editor. As the days drag out longer and longer for him, nine nights pass and it is then when Odin sees the shapes of the runes. Supporting runes: Fehu, Inguz. Waukesha Web Design - Novem Designs, LLC. Intent: Union of male and female It sets out a set of guidelines for wise living and survival; some verses are written from the perspective of Odin (particularly towards the end, where it segues into an account of Odin's obtaining of the magical runes and the spells he learned). As far as the divinatory meanings for List’s runes we can see a close connection to the meanings of the Younger Futhork. Primary rune: Thurisaz Primary rune: Gebo Having been initiated into the mysteries of the runes, Odin told: Supporting runes: Jera, Sowulo. I know spells – no king’s wife can say – and no man has mastered; – one is called “Help” – because it can comfort – the sick and careworn, – relieve all sorrows. The latter part contains the strange myth of how Odin acquired the magical power of the runes (alphabetical characters) by hanging himself from a tree and suffering hunger and thirst for nine nights. I know an eleventh: – if I lead to war – good and faithful friends, – under a shield I shout – the spell that speeds them – well they fare in the fight, – well they fare from the fight, – wherever they go they fare well. Hávamál (English pronunciation:; "sayings of the high one") is presented as a single poem in the Poetic Edda, a collection of Old Norse poems from the Viking age.The poem, itself a combination of different poems, is largely gnomic, presenting advice for living, proper conduct and wisdom.. It also signifies the strength that a person needs to rise up in power. Els Hávamál ens proposen una sèrie de regles per a viure amb saviesa i per a la supervivència en una societat amb una autoritat estatal molt feble o inexistent. I know a ninth: – if I ever need – to save my ship in a storm, – it will quiet the wind – and calm the waves, – soothing the sea. The Armanen rune set, like other sets, has a difficult history to pin-point where and when it was established. Supporting runes: Raidho, Kenaz. Supporting runes: Inguz, Laguz, Elhaz. Casting meaning: Just like our ego, this rune is one that is used to control ourselves. finally I fell. It is said that the Armanen rune set came to List in a vision one day after he had become temporarily blind from an eye surgery. Casting meaning: List said this rune stood for the concepts of defeat and the laws of nature. Stands for: Gift of life Intent: Ability to stop a dart (spear) By doing so we start to get an understanding of where the runes may have come from, how there were used and even some of the mystery and magick behind them. Stands for: Duality (or possibly even Horse) In stanzas 139 and 140, Odin describes his sacrifice of himself to himself: Veit ec at ec hecc vindga meiði a netr allar nío, geiri vndaþr oc gefinn Oðni, sialfr sialfom mer, The most outstanding feature of his appearance, his one eye, attests to this; he sacrificed his other eye for more wisdom. Since the general subject is Odin's wisdom, the parts go together fairly well, though each part loses … List said it denoted anger, falsehood, error and the oppositions found in man (as in human not gender). I know a seventeenth, – and with that spell – no maiden will forsake me. Primary rune: Gebo Casting meaning: Modern interpreters see this as a female rune, the night, death and instinct. In both written myths and archaeological evidence, it seems as if the words written in runes, rather than the letters themselves, were believed to have a connection to the hidden secrets of seidr magic. Verses 81-102 are about women, love and Odin. The Hávamál says that Odin lifted up the runes after peering into the deep, but the poem doesn’t mention explicitly how many runes he took. I know a fourteenth, – as men will find – when I tell them the tales of the gods: – I know all about – the elves and the Æsir – few fools can say as much. However, since this set has ties to Socialist German, the Nazi party and in some aspects even to Hitler, we see this set being used less by modern day rune casters. Primary rune: Sowulo It also stands for cynical events and rescue from an enemy. Modern versions say it stands for health, increase, maleness and man (gender this time). An important part of runic knowledge can be learned by examining the mythology, sagas, and folklore of the people of Northern Europe, Iceland and even Greenland. In “Havamal” (or ‘Words of the High One’), which is one of the poems in the Codex Regius of the Elder Edda, it is described, how for the purpose of obtaining the priceless runes, Odin voluntarily sacrificed himself on Yggdrasil tree, without bread and drink, until he died. for nine long nights; Sound: “b” Intent: Return curse to sender Being alone and close to death, he saw the runes. Intent: Knowledge of all Gods and elves Primary rune: Fehu Numbers 1 and 5 are suppose to be Odin’s legs and feet, numbers 2 and 6 are his arms and hands, number 3 is his body and number 4 is his head. In stanzas 139 and 140, Odin describes his sacrifice of himself to himself: Veit ec at ec hecc vindga meiði a netr allar nío, geiri vndaþr oc gefinn Oðni, sialfr sialfom mer, The Elder Edda is a book of mythological stories of the Norse gods and goddesses and it is in here where we first see Odin learn about the runes. He uses his two ravens to send out his senses to observe the different realms. Casting meaning: Modern meanings of this rune are of beauty, fame, intelligence and virtue. The Rúnatal is a subsection of the Hávamál that describes Odin’s discovery of the runes. Casting meaning: Ur is a physician’s rune and represents resurrection, eternity, and continuity. The contributions to the study and preservation of the runes may be one of the reasons that we know as much about the runes as we do today. However, with List’s set there are different meanings for daemoniums (reversed runes) as well as different names1. Intent: Protecting a young warrior with water Supporting runes: Inguz, Laguz, Elhaz. In fact List claimed that his Armanen rune set was not only older than the Elder Futhark but that his set had laid the groundwork for the Elder Futhark as well as other rune sets. Sound: “y” as in “tiny” Gudio List (1848-1919) was the founder of a school of German rune work. When I first began my Wiccan studies I began with Elder Futhark runes. The tale of how he discovered the runes is another example of his… Supporting runes: Inguz, Laguz. In the Hávamál, found in the Elder Edda (or Poetic Edda) there is a section where Odin talks about the runes that he has discovered and their uses. I know a fifth: – in battle’s fury – if someone flings a spear, – it speeds not so fast – but that I can stop it – I only have to see it. They are presented as being words of wisdom by Odin, who according to Norse mythology was the Allfather of the gods and ruler of Asgard. Supporting runes: Inguz, Ehwaz. Waukesha Web Design - Novem Designs, LLC. It's not clear if the poet collected a number of proverbs attributed to Odin and combined it with Odin-lore or if the poem was orally transmitted through mouth to ear and changed structure and rhythm over time. Casting meaning: The rune Eh is said to symbolize duality where a pair is bound by primal law, love, trust and marriage. Supporting runes: Elhaz, Ansuz. Verses 139-146 are called Rúnatal, an account of how Odin won the runes. Supporting runes: Raidho, Kenaz. Footnotes / Notes:All quotes from Poems of the Elder Edda translated by Patricia Terry ©1990 University of Pennsylvania Press. Primary rune: Isa Supporting runes: Ansuz, Mannaz. The lyrics for "Odin's Runes: The Ancient Germanic Rune Poems" in the original languages (Old Norse and Anglo-Saxon) with Modern English translation. Stands for: Bow (or Rainbow) All rights reserved. Stands for: Sun Power First, was Gladsheim, a vast hall where he presided ove… Stands for: Mouth Primary rune: Thurisaz Supporting runes: Ansuz, Raidho. Sound: “k” The high one is Odin, and thus all the sayings of this Eddaic poem are attributed to the Allfather. Read the other Great Myths Here. The Old Norse name Hávamál is a compound of the genitive form of Hávi, which is the inflexionally weak form of Odin's name Hár ('High One'), and the plural noun mál (from older mǫ́l), and means 'Song (or Words) of the High One'. I know a fifteenth – that the dwarf Thjodrorir – chanted at Delling’s door: – power to the Æsir, – triumph to the elves, – understanding to Odin. Odin Discovers the Runes I know a tenth: – any time I see – witches sailing the sky – the spell I sing – sends them off their course; – when they lose their skins – they fail to find their homes. Supporting runes: Jera, Inguz. They took the souls of the warriors to Valhalla (the hall of the fallen), Odin's residence in Asgard. Sound: “s” Intent: Control sea winds Sound: “t” I know a sixteenth: – if I say that spell – any girl soon grants my desires; – I win the heart – of the white-armed maiden, – turn her thoughts where I will. It is the breath of the world, its voice. Sound: “a” as in “aah” Sacred Texts: Hávamál (Odin’s Quest for the Runes) August 8, 2012 June 26, 2014 / Cameron Brant. Primary rune: Isa wolves and ravens, but I would also like to put verse 33 of the Havamal on it as well, but in Runes. Verses 80, 111, 137, 143 and 158 of the Hávamál are about Odin mentioning the runes in contexts of divination. Supporting runes: Ehwaz, Laguz. The poem itself in it's current form was likely written down in the 10th century. Odin said: I know a seventh: – if I see flames – high around a hall, – no matter how far – the fire has spread – my spell can stop it. I know a fifteenth – that the dwarf Thjodrorir – chanted at Delling’s door: – power to the Æsir, – triumph to the elves, – understanding to Odin. Supporting runes: Isa, Kenaz. Primary rune: Eihwaz Stands for: Necessity of fate Textual history. Some of the poetic sources in particular, the Poetic Edda and skaldic poetry, may have been originally composed by heathens, and Hávamál contains both information on heathen mysticism and what Ursula Dronke referred to as "a round-up of ritual obligations". Crying aloud, I caught up the runes; If you wish to record your rune casts I’ve created a a printable recording sheet for the Odin’s Nine Layout rune cast. The various verses found in the Hávamál were collected from different sources, and some date back to the 10th century. After an eye operation Guido List claimed to have had a vision where he saw the “original” set of runes. Modern versions of this rune say it stands for the power of becoming as well as the power of creativity found in song. Hávamál is presented as a single poem in the Poetic Edda, a collection of Old Norse poems from the Viking age. To read this layout follow this guide. Odin's Rune Poem The Havamal, the longest poem in the Poetic Edda, is made up of a number of parts, undoubtedly composed by various writers at various times. Intent: Gives power to the Æsir, prowess to the elves and foresight to Odin Casting meaning: This rune can be taken as the same idea as the Hindu concept of karma. Verses 111-138 are called Loddfáfnismál, a collection of gnomic verses similar to Gestaþáttr. I know another – which all men need – who hope to be healers. I am currently working on a round wooden table which I would like to give an old-Norse / Viking design by woodcarving. Casting meaning: Tyr is a rune that has the power to make situations turn completely around. – Hávamál, Verse 142, Bellows Translation. Video Hávamál. The set up looks like so: The layout image isn’t much the way it looks here. Stands for: Man (as in human, not gender) 137. Sound: “o” as in “cold” Hunger, pain, and thirst tormented him. Primary rune: Sowulo Sound: “r” For the most part composed in the metre Ljóðaháttr, a metre associated with wisdom verse, The difference is that Sig is the power of the sun whereas Ar is the power that the light of the sun contains. Which is why I think the runes like becoming part of these flesh pierced images… after all, in the Havamal stanza 145 we are reminded of the steps needed to understand and use the runes. Casting meaning: The rune represents the thunderbolt, but symbolically it stands for targeting goals, activity and the phallus. Supporting runes: Teiwaz, Kenaz. Sound: “g” Supporting runes: Teiwaz, Kenaz. pierced by a spear -Odin’s pledge- The column with numbers 3 and 4 represent the present forces on the question. Intent: Knowledge of all Gods and elves Intent: Release fetters Intent: To confuse a spell sender In some translations we are told that this tree is Yggdrasil, the Norse World Tree. Saga of the People of Vatnsdal. Odin is a powerful sorcerer, in all the nine worlds there are none such as he who has mastered all the different forms of magic. I know and eighteenth – which I never tell – a maiden or any man’s wife – the best of charms – if you can chant it; – this is the last of my lay – unless to a lady – who lies in my arms, – or I’ll sing it to my sister. Supporting runes: Isa, Naudhiz. I know a fifth: – in battle’s fury – if someone flings a spear, – it speeds not so fast – but that I can stop it – I only have to see it. The Hávamál (Sayings of Hár, Sayings of the high one) is one of the poems of the Poetic Edda. The information below talks about the eighteen charms, their intent and the primary and supporting runes of the elder futhark in relation to that story. I know a ninth: – if I ever need – to save my ship in a storm, – it will quiet the wind – and calm the waves, – soothing the sea. Through his self-devotion and suffering, he has brought the runes. I know another – which all men need – who hope to be healers. The latter part contains the strange myth of how Odin acquired the magical power of the runes (alphabetical characters) by hanging himself from a tree and suffering hunger and thirst for nine nights. Intent: Ability to bring about reconciliation Primary rune: Kenaz 15 Norse Quotes From The Havamal That Instruct a Bold Lifestyle. Intent: Fettering foes Supporting runes: Jera, Inguz. This tale has come down to us in the Old Norse poem Hávamál (“The Sayings of the High One”): I know that I hung On the wind-blasted tree All of nights nine, Pierced by my spear And given to Odin, I know a tenth: – any time I see – witches sailing the sky – the spell I sing – sends them off their course; – when they lose their skins – they fail to find their homes. All rights reserved. Intent: To attract a lover Intent: Ability to bring about reconciliation In the original Old Norse the verses are composed in the meter called Ljóðaháttr, which in … The poem, itself a combination of different poems, is largely gnomic, presenting advice for living, proper conduct and wisdom.The verses are attributed to Odin, much like the biblical Book of Wisdom is attributed to Solomon. The Havamal (Hávamál) is "The Sayings of the High One" telling stories about Odin the Allfather and his journey of acquiring knowledge and wisdom.The Havamal is neither … I’m no longer sure where I found the information that I’m about to present to you. Verses 147-165 are called Ljóðatal, which is a collection of spells. The Codex Runicus, a law code written in runes (c. 1300 CE) The Norse god Odin is a relentless seeker after knowledge and wisdom, and is willing to sacrifice almost anything for this pursuit. The spear is standing up at Odin’s side and consists on numbers 7, 8 and 9. I know an eighth – which no one on earth – could fail to find useful: – when hatred waxes – among warriors – the spell will soothe them. Casting meaning: Due to its shape Hagal is sometimes called the Mother rune and is said that all other runes derive from its shape. 60-111 1923 Henry Adams Bellows as Hovamol in The Poetic Edda 1923 Daisy E. Martin Clarke in The Hávamál (reprinted 2011) 1962 … Stands for: Resurrection Intent: Healing Here are a handful of translations of verses 138-145 of the Hávamál, found in the Poetic or Elder Edda.The Hávamál is a loose collection of sayings and advice – at times cryptic and at times playful – all attributed to Odin. The verses are attributed to Odin, much like the biblical Book of Wisdom is attributed to Solomon. The Mythological Poems, pp. Supporting runes: Ehwaz, Laguz. Primary rune: Uruz Primary rune: Sowulo He employed Valkyries to gather the souls of warriors fallen in battle (the Einherjar), as these would be needed to fight for him in the battle of Ragnarok. I know an eighth – which no one on earth – could fail to find useful: – when hatred waxes – among warriors – the spell will soothe them. Intent: Help in sorrow or distress Intent: To put out a fire I know a sixteenth: – if I say that spell – any girl soon grants my desires; – I win the heart – of the white-armed maiden, – turn her thoughts where I will. Supporting runes: Mannaz, Wunjo. List’s version of this rune has it representing sunlight that washes away darkness as well as having it denote nobility and leadership. The information below talks about the eighteen charms, their intent and the primary and supporting runes of the elder futhark in relation to that story. man som tiest faa, gaar en til grandfolk ei; sidder han snogen, ser slugen ud, Stands for: Lightning and Thunder The column with the number 5 and 6 represent the outcome of the question. Hávamál is presented as a single poem in the Poetic Edda, a collection of Old Norse poems from the Viking age. The Poetic Edda mentions the magical significance of the runes. Odin had three residences in Asgard. Stands for: Primal Fire Primary rune: Dagaz Intent: To put out a fire Verses 103-110 are about how Odin got the mead of poetry. I know a third – if I should need – to fetter any foe; – it blunts the edge – of my enemy’s sword, – neither wiles nor weapons work. from what deep roots it rises. He envisioned 18 runes that were said to be the original rune set and the most ancient script for the Aryan race. ODIN’S DISCOVERY OF THE RUNES The Norse god Odin is a relentless seeker after knowledge and wisdom, and is willing to sacrifice almost anything for this pursuit. Read the other Great Myths Here. I’m no longer sure where I found the information that I’m about to present to you. I know a sixth: – if someone would harm me – by writing runes on a tree root, – the man who wished – I would not come to woe – will meet misfortune, not I. No one can tell about that tree, The various verses found in the Hávamál were collected from different sources, and some date back to the 10th century. Casting meaning: This rune represents birth, but in a sense of the birth of the future life that is preordained for us. Most famously, it also includes the Hávamál, the sayings of Odin, and the Völuspá, or the sayings of the Vala, a seer or priestess. Odin’s Rune Song doesn’t speak about secrets being whispered into Odin’s ear; rather, he finds the runes somewhere in the depths below. Intent: To confuse a spell sender The Old Norse text of Hávamál, stanzas 52-63, with word-by-word explanation for students of Old Norse, and Viking-Age runes (Younger Futhark) for each stanza. The first six represent the God himself and the last three make up his spear, Gungnir. Sound: “i” as in “piece” Intent: Protecting a young warrior with water The legend says Odin has been hanging on the tree, well-known Yggdrasil tree for nine nights. Hávamál or Sayings of the High One is part of the Elder Edda also known as Poetic Edda. Casting meaning: This rune represents the orderliness in the world, the ritual, primal law and things that are done correctly. Theme developed by It represents the personal power of control, obedience and our compelling will. Primary rune: Sowulo Intent: Union of male and female Having 18 runes in his set, he identified each of his runes with one of the 18 spells in the Havamal1 in the Elder Edda. Primary rune: Hagalaz In the Hávamál, Odin discovers the runic alphabet as part of his trial, during which he hung from Yggdrasil, the World Tree, for nine days: None refreshed me ever with food or drink, I peered right down in the deep; crying aloud I lifted the Runes then back I fell from thence. 1908 Olive Bray as Hávamál: The Words of Odin the High One in The Elder or Poetic Edda, Part I. Intent: Protecting friends in battle I know spells – no king’s wife can say – and no man has mastered; – one is called “Help” – because it can comfort – the sick and careworn, – relieve all sorrows. The poem, itself a combination of different poems, is largely gnomic, presenting advice for living, proper conduct and wisdom.The verses are attributed to Odin, much like the biblical Book of Wisdom is attributed to Solomon. After we examine the runes in mythology we can begin to learn and understand more about how the runes were used by the people in the saga tales. The Hávamál ends with a list of magic charms. Casting meaning: The second mother rune of this set, Man was used in Armanen tradition to represent birth. Primary rune: Gebo Casting meaning: Like Ar this rune represents the power of the sun. The runes were never “invented,” but are instead eternal, pre-existent forces that Odin himself discovered by undergoing a tremendous ordeal. There are a total of eighteen runes that are listed but we never are told the names nor hinted at what they may look like. However, there was no evidence to support his claim. However, more modern versions of this rune say that it stands for power, generation, ability and artfulness. I know a thirteenth: – if I pour water – over a youth, – he will not fall – in any fight, – swords will not slay him. Primary rune: Ansuz Intent: To attract a lover We see that Odin, in a shaman-like self-sacrificing ritual, deprives himself of food and drink as he hangs upside down on a tree. Primary rune: Ansuz That’s not to say that all that List had taught was to be held as truth. Supporting runes: Ansuz, Raidho. However if you believe the stories and tales of Guido List then you would tend to accept the Armanen Runes to be the runes that Odin discovered. Casting meaning: This rune represents the giver of life and both the giver and the gift of life itself. I know and eighteenth – which I never tell – a maiden or any man’s wife – the best of charms – if you can chant it; – this is the last of my lay – unless to a lady – who lies in my arms, – or I’ll sing it to my sister. See more ideas about viking quotes, norse, norse vikings. An anonymous collection of poems called Poetic Edda outlines the story of the Norse god Odin and his quest for the runes that not only gained him wisdom but also well-being. Supporting runes: Isa, Kenaz. Runes of the Hávamál, Egil’s Saga Sound: “n” Larrington) From these sources, the extent to which the runes were used in magic is unclear. Primary rune: Hagalaz Sound: “th” They brought me no bread, no horn to drink from, Some will say that this set was originally developed by Guido List, while others will tell you that List followed the previous works of a scholar named Johannes Bureus. In the Hávamál, found in the Elder Edda (or Poetic Edda) there is a section where Odin talks about the runes that he has discovered and their uses. 143. It is also a rune of success and victory. The column with numbers 1 and 2 represent the past factors that have acted on the question you have asked. Casting meaning: Symbolically this rune represents the power of spirit and change as well as the power of creativity. The legend says Odin has been hanging on the tree, well-known Yggdrasil tree for nine nights. This article was most recently revised and updated by Kathleen Kuiper, Senior Editor. A good place to start is to take a look at how the runes are said to have come into existence in Norse mythology. It will probably include (Odins?) I know a fourth: – if I should find myself – fettered hand and foot, – I shout the spell – that sets me free, – bonds break from my feet, – nothing holds my hands. Primary rune: Gebo I know that I hung on a high windy tree Hunger, pain, and thirst tormented him. Supporting runes: Jera, Sowulo. I know a thirteenth: – if I pour water – over a youth, – he will not fall – in any fight, – swords will not slay him. Intent: Help in sorrow or distress Primary rune: Gebo Supporting runes: Inguz, Laguz. Intent: To keep romance in a marriage For this section I have broken down the stories or myths and have given my input on how the runes come into play in that story or myth. During this episode, the most wise of the gods sacrifices himself to himself in an attempt to gain a greater knowledge of the cosmos and … In the pantheon of Norse gods, he was the main god. He understands the depth of the runes and uses their power to gain more knowledge. given myself to myself. The information below talks about the eighteen charms, their intent and the primary and supporting runes of the elder futhark in relation to that story. Primary rune: Gebo Intent: Return curse to sender The poem goes on talking about the runes and how Odin knows how to carve them for magickal uses. The high one is Odin, and thus all the sayings of this Eddaic poem are attributed to the Allfather. It was a while back when I found it on some web page and took a closer look at the information for myself. The Rune Site ©1999-2021 to Dan Gronitz. It is a rune of enclosure but contains a potential for growth. Supporting runes: To be discovered by the reader. Hávamál or Sayings of the High One is part of the Elder Edda also known as Poetic Edda. Intent: Control sea winds 1 – Hidden influences that acted in the past, 2 – The questioner’s present attitude to these past events, 4 – The questioner’s attitude toward the present events, 5 – Represents hidden influences – delays or obstacles that may prevent the outcome, 6 – Shows the questioner’s response to the result, 7 – Deals with the powers you have or need for the first column (numbers 1 and 2), 8 – Deals with the powers you have or need the second column (numbers 3 and 4), 9 – Deals with the powers you have or need the third column (numbers 5 and 6). The use of this set among Germans and people in German speaking countries seems to be very widespread. Rúnatal or Óðins Rune Song, Rúnatáls-þáttr-Óðins (stanzas 139-146) is a section of the Hávamál where Odin reveals the origins of the runes. The Rune Site ©1999-2021 to Dan Gronitz. Below are a few takes from the Hávamál (a collection of Old Norse poems): ODIN’S QUEST AFTER THE RUNES. Primary rune: To be discovered by the reader I know a seventeenth, – and with that spell – no maiden will forsake me. I know a third – if I should need – to fetter any foe; – it blunts the edge – of my enemy’s sword, – neither wiles nor weapons work. However, if we look closely at the 18 runes we’ll notice that List simply took various Scandinavian rune sets, used from those sets various rune staves and then added 2 more to get a total of 18 rune staves for his set – which incidentally is the number of runes talked about in the Hávamál (Sayings of the High One – Part of the Elder Edda).