Dagaz

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Name
"day"
Shape Elder Futhark Futhorc
Runic letter dagaz.svg
Unicode
U+16DE
Transliteration d
Transcription d
IPA [ð] [d]
Position in rune-row 23 or 24

The d rune () is called dæg "day" in the Anglo-Saxon rune poem. The corresponding letter of the Gothic alphabet 𐌳 d is called dags. This rune is also part of the Elder Futhark, with a reconstructed Proto-Germanic name *dagaz.

Its "butterfly" shape is possibly derived from Lepontic san.

Rune poems

The name is only recorded in the Anglo-Saxon rune poem, since the rune was lost in the Younger Futhark:

Rune Poem:[1] English Translation:

Anglo-Saxon
Dæg byþ drihtnes sond, deore mannum,
mære metodes leoht, myrgþ and tohiht
eadgum and earmum, eallum brice.


Day, the glorious light of the Creator, is sent by the Lord;
it is beloved of men, a source of hope and happiness to rich and poor,
and of service to all.

Inscriptions

On runic inscription Ög 43 in Ingelstad, one Dagaz rune is translated using the Old Norse word for "day" as the personal name Dagr.[2]

References

  1. Original poem and translation from the Rune Poem Page.
  2. Project Samnordisk Runtextdatabas Svensk - Rundata entry for Ög 43.

See also