Stav Runes (Tyr)
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Meaning: War, Justice.
Symbolises: Victory, Honour (Safest portal to the underworld)
Mythology: Tyr, the one handed god.
Old Norwegian Rune Rhyme:
Tyr is the one handed among the Aesir; The smith has to blow often.
Tyr is the symbol of the warrior, the brave, courageous. The main story about him is how he lost his hand. Tyr was the only one who was brave enough to approach the Fenris Wolf, Loki’s child with the giantess Angraboda. When the wolf became to dangerous to leave free the Aesir tried to bind the wolf.
They tried all manner of chains and ropes but nothing could hold the wolf. They then asked the dwarves to fashion a magical rope to hold him, however sensing a trick the wolf would not let himself be bound unless one of the gods put his hand in his mouth. Tyr was the only one brave enough to do so and as the wolf was bound and was unable to break free he bit off Tyr’s right hand, a warrior’s greatest asset.
As a result of this Tyr fell at the day of Ragnarock unable to defend himself fully. Tyr suggests determination and rigidity that can go too far. Tyr gives the warning that a little forethought, flexibility, and a healthy cowardice should be applied. Tyr also suggests that a victory will be achieved if the cause is just and there is sufficient courage and willingness to sacrifice.
Tyr is also the symbol of male energy, the male creative force, as used in the classic modern symbol for the masculine. The Tyr principle can be quite ruthless yet is never cowardly or dishonest. Tyr is a very positive symbol of all that is good, honest, just, and brave but also of self sacrifice that sometimes goes along with doing the right thing.You might also like: