Elder Futhark Rune Meanings
Heimdall's 2nd Aett


Nauthiz Galdr (Runic chant)


Naudhiz naudhiz naudhiz


Nu na ni ne no

Nudg nadh nidh nedh nodh

Un an in an on


(Galdr source: “A Handbook of Rune Magic” by Edred Thorsson)


Old Germanic name: Nauthiz, Naudis, Noicz

Old Norwegian name: Nau

Anglo-Saxon name: Nied, Nyd

Old Celtic name: Nauths

Old Icelandic name: Nau




​Nauthiz often seems to be connected to “fate” but it does not actually mean that destiny is at play. It means that the “need” to do something (quite urgently) exists and through this Rune you can achieve an action plan and necessary wisdom to face the fate.


Nauthiz brings forth both the sense of need AND liberation from the powers of necessity and struggles associated with it. This can be seen in Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem:


(Need) constricts the heart,

Tho to the bairns of men it often becomes

Help and health nevertheless,

If they heed it in time.

Nauthiz has the ability to help you find the right path and a solution to your problem (need). 


Nauthiz will support you during difficult times but it is asking to show patience, perseverance and control over your emotions and actions.


With regards to the Elements, some attribute Water qualities to Nauthiz but mostly, Nauthiz refers to a self-created Fire (two sticks rubbed together to create Fire are illustrated in the Rune). The so much needed Fire was to help the World of Men to grow and become.


Rune Advice: Pull yourself together! Stop crying, complaining and feeling sorry for yourself. Release the past and look into the future. Start acting now, show your strengths and power!