Mythology Around Runes: Inguz



Frey, the Norse god of the earth’s fertility, is the primary deity associated with the rune Inguz. He is also identified – although tenuously – as the god of horses, Ing or Ing-Frey. However, Frey did not actually ride a horse. His preferred steed was a wild boar named Gullinbursti, or “golden bristles”. The bristles on the boar’s back symbolised fields of repening wheat. Although most sources refer to Ing and Frey as being one and the same, there is an element of doubt regarding this identification. As the “ing” sound often denotes “son of ” , Ing-Frey may not be Frey himself, but rather his unnamed son. He also appears to have been a semi-historical person who, in words of the rune poem “was amongst the East-Danes first seen by men”.

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