The Odal rune
The National Socialist's used a vast array of runic lore. They revived many of the medieval runic symbols and some evolved into newer runic shapes - suitable and relevant to the time.
The Odal rune was widely used across Germany due to the rune's Blood and Soil meaning. This is the rune of ancestry, inheritance and birth-right, as well as the rune of Blood, the rune of the living Earth and of the Germanic nations. Thus numerous 'styles' of this rune developed - and I'll have a look at a few of the most common here.
One form was the Odal rune, as it was represented in the Futhark rune rows. The rune was called Ethel by the Anglo-Saxons.
The most common form of this rune used in Germany is known to us as 'Erda', though many still used Odal as it's name. This was a medieval rune and our opponents so often like to point out - it is a racist rune because it has legs! It is of course a runic letter that really originated from much later than the futhark in Germanic history and wasn't a nazi (sic) invention - but was certainly widely used by them. It became the emblem of Walter Darre's Blood and Soil programs, as well as numerous SS units. What our leftist friends forget is that most of Germany's environmental protection and animal welfare laws were passed by the National Socialist's, as well as some of Europe's first national parks and organic farms - all National Socialist creations - thus this rune was adopted because of the connection which the Living Earth. As I've pointed out in many of my posts, the rune symbolises the Earth as Mother Earth - the image is that of her legs and womb- the goddess Nerthus/Erda. Darre's own publication was called 'Odal'. A devout pagan, Darre would annually send a calendar to all of Germany's farmers noting the various pagan holidays.
Erda means Earth, the only planet with a Germanic name.
The last style I will talk about here is a curved style which became the emblem of the Ahnenerbe - and this style the National Socialists called Odil. Karl Theodor Weigel, an SS member and author of several runic books (many are still republished in Germany today) wrote about this rune - and it's connection with the Ing rune (something Wodenist's should not overlook). Weigel connects this rune with the north Harz region.
Ahnenerbe Odil rune.
Weigel was a member of the Ahnenerbe
and gave gave senior SS members guided trips around the Externstein.
This rune resembles an iron amulet which is called a Trollkors, an amulet designed to scare away Trolls. However this may have been a 1990's invention by a blacksmith called Kari Erlands. My own guess is that the 'original' amulet which she fashioned the wiccan 'Troll Cross' on was a Odal-Odil rune amulet.