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The Thorn/Thurisaz/Thurs Rune

The latest in runes... the Thorn/Thurisaz/Thurs rune.

The rune ᚦ is called Thurs (Old Norse Þurs "giant", from a reconstructed Common Germanic *Þurisaz) in the Icelandic and Norwegian rune poems. In the Anglo-Saxon rune poem it is called thorn, whence the name of the letter þ derived. It is transliterated as þ, and has the sound value of a voiceless dental fricative (the English sound of th as in thing).

The rune is an adoption of the Latin letter D, while the d rune takes its shape from an Italic variant of the letter Δ (delta). It is absent from the earliest Vimose inscriptions, but it is found in the Thorsberg chape inscription, dated to ca. AD 200.

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