Monday, 4 January 2016

The rune of the Saxon Hof

In this runic type symbol we see the shape of a Hof  via the crossed horse headed gables - sometimes referred to as Hengest and Hors – both mean ‘horse’ and are names closely associated with the Saxon chieftains Hengest and Horsa , which has lead me to believe that Hengest and Horsa were the titles of the Saxon-Jutish leaders and not their actual  name as many believe. This is furthered by the many examples of the Swan headed gables also found on Saxon farmhouses. Hengest had a sister called ‘Swana’ which meant swan. Ash was the name of Hengest's son – and the word Ash again means ‘horse’ in many ancient Aryan languages (including the Baltic regions as well as Aryan India).

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'Hengest and Hors' on the shield of Rohirrim from Lord of the Rings

Many folk will have noticed the same symbolism in the Lord of the Ring films. Many of the names of the folk of Rohan were taken from the runic names for ‘horse’ – the White Horse being the symbol of the Saxons. The name ‘Eomer’ was in fact the name of a Saxon king from Mercia (England). The Eoh rune which represents the Yew Bow was also a term for a War-Horse in Old English. The English of course produced world famous archers. But so important is the symbol of the ‘Hengest and Hors’ in that its meaning is so root in Saxon history and lore I am surprised it is not a symbol still widely used in England, as it is in Germany and the Baltic. National Socialist Germany made many efforts to revive this Saxon symbol. We, as English Wodenist need to be doing the same.