Thoughts on Raido

The below is taken from

author Bob Oswald
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Riding is the joy of the horsemen
and speedy journey
and toil of the steed.

Riding is said to be the worse thing for horses,
Reginn forged the finest sword.

The second line is only related to Raido insofar as the name Reginn begins with the letter R. Reginn is a character in Sigurd’s Tales, a portion of the Prose Edda. He made the sharpest sword, capable of cutting through an anvil. This verse of the Norse poem may have had a mnemonic (memory aid) value in the original old Norwegian that is lost in translation.

The Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem is – as usual – pretty clear:

Riding – to the warrior in the hall – is easy,
But very strenuous for one who sits on top,
Of a powerful horse over long miles.

My thoughts: It seems to me Raido is both a physical journey but also the spiritual journey and the journey through life. With the top poem and the second, it is indicated that it is worse for the horse i.e. the being doing most of the work, and being led, rather than leading.  In the last, we are reminded that talking about what we would do in a given situation is a lot easier than making the decisions (hopefully) yourself. One can not always be the rider in life’s journey – the person deciding where to go. And when you can’t choose, it is comforting to be recall raido, knowing that since the very universe is made up of the runes, one’s struggle, one’s journey is part of the fabric of the universe.




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