RUNES, ALPHABET OF MYSTERY

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Pronunciation of Rune Names

Rune

Name

Letter

Phonetic Value

Fehu

Fehu
"fay-who"

F

f as in "fire"

Uruz

Uruz
"ooo-rooze"

U

oo as in "booze" (might be pronounced: oo as in "book")

Thurisaz

Thurisaz
"thoor-ee-saws"

TH

unvoiced th as in "thorn" (never th as in "the")

Ansuz

Ansuz
"awn-sooze

A

a as in "awning", "call" or "law"

Raidho

Raidho
"rye-though

R

r as in "ride"

Kenaz

Kenaz
"kane-awze

K or C

k as in "kick", or hard c as in "cane".

Gebo

Gebo
"gay-boe"
or "yee-boe"

G

hard g as in "gift" , y as in "yes", or silent

Wunjo

Wunjo
"woon-yo"

W or V 

w as in "warm", with lips close together, almost like a "v".

Hagalaz

Hagalaz
"haw-gaw-laws"

H

h as in "hail", aspirate "h" as in modern English

Nauthiz

Nauthiz
"now-these"

N

n as in "need"

Isa

Isa
"ee-saw"

I

ee as in "sleep"

Jera

Jera
"yare-awe"

J or Y

y as in "year" or j as in "jaw".

Eihwaz

Eihwaz "eye-wawz"

EI

i as in "pride", possibly short i as in "pick"

Perthro

Perthro
"perth-row"

P

p as in "poem"

Algiz

Algiz
"all-yeese"
or Elhaz "ale-hawz"

Z or -R

z or final R

Sowilo

Sowilo
"soe-wee-low"

S

s as in "sun"

Tiwaz

Tiwaz
"tea-wawz"

T

t as in "Tuesday"

Berkano

Berkano
"bear-kawn-oh"

B

b as in "birch"

Ehwaz

Ehwaz
"ay-wawz"
or Ehwo
"ay-woh"

E

a as in "day"

Mannaz

Mannaz
"mawn-nawz"

M

m as in "mankind"

Laguz

Laguz
"law-gooze"

L

l as in "life"

Ingwaz

Ingwaz
"eeeng-wawz"

NG

nasal sound as ng in "singer"

Dagaz

Dagaz
"thaw-gauze"

D

voiced th as in "the" (never unvoiced th as in "thick") or d as in "dog"

Othala

Othala
"oath-awe-law"

O

o as in "oath"

Since the Algiz symbol can represent a final rolling -R rather than a Z, one might substitute that sound wherever a Z appears above.

There are as many different pronunciations of the Elder Futhark rune sounds as there are runic authors. Since the names are modern re-creations of what is referred to as "proto-Indo-European", which no longer exists (or perhaps never existed), your guess is as good as the next person's.

The Woden's Harrow website contains Real Audio sound files of the Elder Futhark.

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