Selcar Wrote:There are three sets of runes - Freya's, Týr's and Heimdallr's. Any thoughts on why these three?
Who are you asking? If it's me, then here goes:
My thoughts on the subject are that they're significant of the wider IE Triple Realm concept - Lower, Middle, High. I've never heard or read a similar interpretation, though. My reasonings are that each of the gods in question have a sense of liminality, in which they're neither of one place or the other; however, they're also associated with a particular place at the same time. One could see a similarity in which each aett
is its own thing, while at the same time being affected and affecting the others as a part of the whole.
Freya in particular is an interesting choice for the first aett (though I've also seen it attributed to Freyr), being neither Jotun nor Aesir, especially since all of the runes in her set can be related to aspects or traditional stories of the Vanir. Fertility, strength (as a wild/semi-domesticated animal), protection (as Thurneysen ascribes), travel, wisdom (through Her dealings with Odin), inspiration and seership (seidh
), gifts and abundance, and family and hearth.
Similar things can be seen in the other two, though less directly obvious. In my experience, I would associate Freya with the Lower world, with her obvious femininity, disposition toward dwarves, and indirect relation to the Jotuns through her brother. Heimdall, being the Bridge Guardian, can be associated with Midgard proper (as well as Asgard). And Tyr, being the former King-God, is in the place of the Higher world.