Mythology Around Runes: Wunjo


The dutiful Frigga, the wife of Odin and queen of the Gods of Asgard, is the main deity associated with this rune. This goddess was the epitome of wifely virtues, who sat at her spinning wheel creating the clouds. In southern Germany, she was said to be shaking the fluff off her blankets if the sky was full of misty vapour. She is the patroness of all of the domestic arts and, like many a mortal lady, was a true romantic at heart, with a soft spot for lovers and happy endings. Frigga can be regarded as the model for the fairy godmother found in so many children’s stories – the kindly lady who makes it work out alright in the end. This aspect of the goddess, and, indeed, her wish-granting husband, is found in the name of the Anglo-Saxon version of the rune, wynn. This word has survived in modern English as the verb “to win”, while Wunjo is the origin of the verb “to woo”. This connection with wooing makes Frigga the archetypal matronly matchmaker., eternally ensuring that “Cinderella” marries her “prince Charming” and that they live happily ever after.


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