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There are only eight runes featured in The Forbidden Game trilogy, however in the Elder Futhark there are twenty-four runes. The Elder Futhark received it's name from the first six runes in the alphabet (F, U, Th, A, R, K). They are most often arranged in three groups of eight (aett).

tfg specific runes

dagazDagaz ("thaw-gauze") is the rune of the day or dawn. It is equal to the letter 'D'. (Tyr's aett)

"It says here that Dagaz is like a catalyst. It represents times like twilight and dawn, when things are just changing. It 'operates between light and darkness.'"

Michael Cohen, The Kill pg Collector's Edition

thurisazThurisaz ("thoor-ee-saws") is the rune of the giant. It is represented by the letter 'TH'. (Freyr/Freyja's aett)

"There are a lot of fairy tales about thorns," Audrey said grimly. "You get pricked with a thorn or a spindle or a needle and then you die, or go blind, or you sleep forever."

Audrey Meyers, The Kill pg Collector's Edition

geboGebo ("gay-boe") means gift. It is represented by the letter 'G'. (Freyr/Freyja's aett)

"The next one's Gebo. It stands for a lot of things: a gift, sacrifice, death. The yielding up of the spirit. It's shaped like an X, see?"

Audrey Meyers, The Kill pg Collector's Edition

isaIsa ("ee-saw") is the rune of ice. It is equal to the letter 'I'. (Heimdall's aett)

"Next is Isa. It's a rune for the power of primal ice. It's just one straight line, up and down."

Michael Cohen, The Kill pg Collector's Edition

kenaz (kauna)Kenaz or Kauna ("kane-awze") is the rune of fire or torch. It is equal to the letter 'K'. (Freyr/Freyja's aett)

"Kenaz, the torch. It's for the power of primal fire, and it's shaped like an angle, see. ..."

Michael Cohen, The Kill pg Collector's Edition

raidhoRaidho ("rye-though") is the rune of riding or journey, chariot/wagon. It is equal to the letter 'R'. (Freyr/Freyja's aett)

"Raidho, for movement, traveling. Like riding a horse. For protection walking between the worlds. It's shaped like an R. . . ."

Michael Cohen, The Kill pg Collector's Edition

uruzUruz ("ooo-rooze") is the rune of Aurock, an extinct wild ox. In The Forbidden Game it is the rune that pierces the veil to the other worlds, specifically the Shadow World. Uruz is equal to the letter 'U'. (Freyr/Freyja's aett)

"Uruz was the rune on the game box that Julian had sold her. "It's supposed to look like ox horns pointing downward, ready to pierce the veil between the worlds,"

Jenny Thornton, The Kill pg Collector's Edition

nauthizNauthiz ("now-these") is the rune of constraint or containment or need. It is the rune that Jenny and her grandfather both use to seal the Shadowmen into the closet in Jenny grandfather's basement. It is equal to the letter 'N'. (Heimdall's aett)

Shaped like a backward-leaning X, with one stroke longer than the other. For containment.
The last word was underlined heavily.

Jenny Thornton, The Hunter pg Collector's Edition


non tfg specific runes

fehuFehu ("fay-who") is the rune of livestock and wealth. It is represented by the letter 'F'. (Freyr/Freyja's aett)

ansuzAnsuz ("awn-sooze") is the rune of the As, or ancestral god, Odin. It is represented by the letter 'A'. (Freyr/Freyja's aett)

wunjoWunjo ("woon-yo") is the rune for joy. It is represented by the letters 'W or V'. (Freyr/Freyja's aett)

hagalazHagalaz ("haw-gaw-laws") is the rune for hail. It is represented by the letter 'H'. (Heimdall's aett)

jeraJera ("yare-awe") is the rune for year. It is represented by the letters 'J or Y'. (Heimdall's aett)

ihwazIhwaz ("eye-wawz") is the rune for the yew. It is represented by the letter ''. (Heimdall's aett)

perthroPerthro ("perth-row") is the rune for the lot cup or vagina. It is represented by the letter 'P'. (Heimdall's aett)

algizAlgiz ("all-yeese") is the rune for protection. It is represented by the letters 'Z or R'. (Heimdall's aett)

sowiloSowilo ("soe-wee-low") is the rune for the sun. It is represented by the letter 'S'. (Heimdall's aett)

tiwazTiwaz ("tea-wawz") is the rune representing the name of the god Tyr. It is represented by the letter 'T'. (Tyr's aett)

berkanoBerkano ("bear-kawn-oh") is the rune for birchtwig or Berchta the birch goddess. It is represented by the letter 'B'. (Tyr's aett)

ehwazEhwaz ("ay-wawz") is the rune for horse. It is represented by the letters 'EI'. (Tyr's aett)

mannazMannaz ("mawn-nawz") is the rune for man. It is represented by the letter 'M'. (Tyr's aett)

laguzLaguz ("law-gooze") is the rune for water or a leek. It is represented by the letter 'L'. (Tyr's aett)

ingwazIngwaz ("eeeng-wawz") is the rune representing the name of the earth god Ing (Yngvi). It is represented by the letters 'NG'. (Tyr's aett)

othalaOthala ("oath-awe-law") is the rune for inheritance or property. It is represented by the letter 'O'. (Tyr's aett)



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