Mythology around runes: Raido


The most obvious mythological connection with the rune Raido is Odin’s famous horse, Sleipnir, a fabulous steed with eight legs, which could carry his master to all of the nice worlds of creation. However, tradition states that the rune is intimately connected with an obscure Teutonic fertility God called Ing, Who may well have been imagined as a powerful stallion. Ing was a god of great importance to the early Anglo- Saxons. When they first came to the shore of Britain during the 5th and 6th centuries AD, they bore the banner of the white stallion, which remains the emblem of the country of Kent, in southern England, to this day. It is likely that ing would have been completely forgotten by now were it not for the fact that the country of England owes its very name to Him.


4 responses to “Mythology around runes: Raido

  1. Did the Anglo-Saxons bring their horse with them when they invaded Britain? Or did they bring them later when they had established settlements and camps?

    • That is a very good question, it is hard to tell if they brought them with them when they started the invasions, it is a possibility of course, Horses had great importance to the Anglo-Saxons, but since Britain already had horses, probably the anglo-saxons caught those for their own, because by the time of the Anglo-Saxon invasions, horses were very much used for many tasks except ploughing the fields, that was done with oxen, because keeping an horse at that time was as expensive as buying a house and keeping it., so only lords, chieftains and the most wealthy had horses. But one thing is certain, before the invasion of the Celts into Britain, the Horse was already a powerful symbol to many others, including the Lusitanian from Portugal, and when the Celts invaded Britain, they brought their many tribes, one of those tribes were the Lusitanians, and those for sure brought Horses to Britain as well.

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