Runes of the elder Futhark


Germanic name:	Elhaz, elk; or algiz	protection.

The Old English name, "elk-sedge" is a kenning for sword. It represents a two-edged blade. It can be seen as the godhi or gydhja in the attitude of addressing or invoking the gods. Thorsson gives the esoteric interpretation of the name as the protective forse, valkyrijur. It can represent the splayed hand, the horns of the elk, a swan in flight, a divergance or convergence of paths or forces. It is a sign used to promote victory and protection. The Gothic word "alhs" or sanctuary. It is used to strengthen magical power and luck, as well as the life force.