Fehu

Runic letter fehu.svg
F
The Fe rune (Old Norse ; Old English feoh) represents the f-sound in the Younger Futhark and Futhorc alphabets. Its name means "(mobile) wealth", cognate to English fee with the original meaning of "sheep" or "cattle" (Dutch Vee, German Vieh, Latin pecum, Sanskrit pashu).

The rune derives from the unattested but reconstructed Proto-Germanic *fehu in the Elder Futhark alphabet, with the original meaning of "money, cattle, wealth".

The corresponding letter of the Gothic alphabet is 𐍆 f, called faihu. Such correspondence between all rune poems and the Gothic letter name, as well, is uncommon, and gives the reconstructed name of the Old Futhark a high degree of certainty.

The shape of the rune is likely based on Etruscan v 𐌅 F, like Greek Digamma Ϝ and Latin F ultimately from Phoenician waw w.

The name is recorded in all three rune poems:

Old Norwegian
Fé vældr frænda róge;
føðesk ulfr í skóge.


Wealth is a source of discord amongst kin;
the wolf lives in the forest.

Old Icelandic
Fé er frænda róg
ok flæðar viti
ok grafseiðs gata
aurum fylkir.

This page was last edited on 25 May 2018, at 23:59 (UTC).
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