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Erilaz is a Wandertide Ur-Nordish word born witness on sundry Elder Futhark writings, which has often been aread to mean "witch" or "rune master", namely one who can write rowns to witchcraftly outcome. The word is speechlorely akin to the name of the folk of the Heruls, however, and as Mees (2003) has shown, both are ablaut kinds of earl, so it is most likely merely an old Teutonish warsome rightname.

  • The Lindholm charm is a bone bit found in Skåne, put to the 2nd to 4th hundredyears:
ekerilazsawilagazhateka:aaaaaaaazzznnn?bmuttt:alu:
read as
ek erilaz sawilagaz hateka; "aaaaaaaazzznnn?bmuttt" alu.
Overset as "I, the Erilaz, am called Sawilagaz; ... charm". Sawilagaz means "the one of the Sun (Sowilo)". Alu is a word for spell or charm. This writing has been aread as a witchcraftly holysinging: the three t runes one-after-another as an calling of Tyr, and the eight As runes as an calling or symbolic list of eight Æsir.
  • The Kragehul I spear-shaft found in Funen
ekerilazasugisalasmuhahaitegagagaginuga [....]
ek erilaz asugisalas muha haite, gagaga gin[n]u ga
Overset as "I, the Erilaz of Asugisalaz am called Muha" followed by some kind of warcry or -song. Asugisalaz inholds ansu- "god" and gisala- "sprout, offspring". Muha may either be a monnly name, or a word meaning "withholder" or the like. The runes of gagaga are shown as a row of three bindrunes grounded on the X-shape of the g rune with sidetwigs attached to its far ends for the a. An alike writing gægogæ is found on the Undley wardmint.
  • Wardmints Eskatorp-F and Väsby-F have e[k]erilaz
  • Bratsberg holder: ekerilaz
  • Veblingsnes:ekerilaz
  • Rosseland: ekwagigazerilaz
  • Järsberg: ekerilaz
  • By: ekirilaz
  • the Etelheim holder has mkmrlawrta read as ek erla wrta "I, Erla, wrote this".

To readEdit

Mees, B. 2003, 'Runic erilaR', North-Western European Language Evolution (NOWELE), 42:41-68.

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