Tir as Mars in the Old English Rune Poem

  title={Tir as Mars in the Old English Rune Poem},
  author={Marijane Osborn},
  journal={ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews},
  pages={13 - 3}
  • M. Osborn
  • Published 1 January 2003
  • Linguistics
  • ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews
Mistaken understandings of both medieval and modern astronomy have interfered with the acceptance of an obvious meaning for the Tir stanza of the Old English Rune Poem. Because the context of the Tir stanza is at the heart of the misunderstanding, I first introduce the runelist, then place the rune Tir in its Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian context, and finally argue that the Rune Poem stanza for Tir, despite the reluctance of recent scholars to accept this identity, describes Mars, but only in a… 



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