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Buslas Bann (English translation)

  • Artist: Heilung
  • Song: Buslas Bann Album: Drif
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Buslas Bann

Redhr idhr sol tidhr idhr laghr
Odhas idhr sol tidhr idhr laghr
Thors idhr sol tidhr idhr laghr
Køn idhr sol tidhr idhr laghr
Madhr idhr sol tidhr idhr laghr
Ur idhr sol tidhr idhr laghr
 
Redhr idhr sol tidhr idhr laghr
Odhas idhr sol tidhr idhr laghr
Thors idhr sol tidhr idhr laghr
Køn idhr sol tidhr idhr laghr
Madhr idhr sol tidhr idhr laghr
Tidhr sædl ast sæla blidhr batnar
 
Redhr idhr sol tidhr idhr laghr
Odhas idhr sol tidhr idhr laghr
Thors idhr sol tidhr idhr laghr
Køn idhr sol tidhr idhr laghr
Sol sædl ast sæla blidhr batnar
Tidhr sædl ast sæla blidhr batnar
 
Redhr idhr sol tidhr idhr laghr
Odhas idhr sol tidhr idhr laghr
Thors idhr sol tidhr idhr laghr
Odhas sædl ast sæla blidhr batnar
Sol sædl ast sæla blidhr batnar
Tidhr sædl ast sæla blidhr batnar
 
Redhr idhr sol tidhr idhr laghr
Odhas idhr sol tidhr idhr laghr
Idhr sædl ast sæla blidhr batnar
Odhas sædl ast sæla blidhr batnar
Sol sædl ast sæla blidhr batnar
Tidhr sædl ast sæla blidhr batnar
 
Redhr idhr sol tidhr idhr laghr
Sol sædl ast sæla blidhr batnar
Idhr sædl ast sæla blidhr batnar
Odhas sædl ast sæla blidhr batnar
Sol sædl ast sæla blidhr batnar
Tidhr sædl ast sæla blidhr batnar
 
Odhas sædl ast sæla blidhr batnar
Sol sædl ast sæla blidhr batnar
Idhr sædl ast sæla blidhr batnar
Odhas sædl ast sæla blidhr batnar
Sol sædl ast sæla blidhr batnar
Tidhr sædl ast sæla blidhr batnar
 
Sol lidhønd ø dæmi æri auruæn
Tidhr lidhønd ø dæmi æri auruæn
Egr lidhønd ø dæmi æri auruæn
Fir lidhønd ø dæmi æri auruæn
Nand lidhønd ø dæmi æri auruæn
Agr lidhønd ø dæmi æri auruæn
 
Submitted by Jason TaboadaJason Taboada on 2022-08-22
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Busla’s Prayer

ristil1 (Possibly meaning: Plowshare)
eistil2 (Testicle?)
thistil3 (Thistle)
kistil4 (Small box / case)
mistil5 (Mistletoe)
uistil6 (The meaning of uistil is still unclear)
 
ristil (Plowshare)
eistil (Testicle?)
thistil (Thistle)
kistil (Small box / case)
mistil (Mistletoe)
Týr seed branch prosperity gentle recovery
 
ristil (Plowshare)
eistil (Testicle?)
thistil (Thistle)
kistil (Small box / case)
Sun seed branch prosperity gentle recovery
Týr seed branch prosperity gentle recovery
 
ristil (Plowshare)
eistil (Testicle?)
thistil (Thistle)
Odin seed branch prosperity gentle recovery
Sun seed branch prosperity gentle recovery
Týr seed branch prosperity gentle recovery
 
ristil (Plowshare)
eistil (Testicle?)
Ice seed branch prosperity gentle recovery
Odin seed branch prosperity gentle recovery
Sun seed branch prosperity gentle recovery
Týr seed branch prosperity gentle recovery
 
ristil (Plowshare)
Sun seed branch prosperity gentle recovery
Ice seed branch prosperity gentle recovery
Odin seed branch prosperity gentle recovery
Sun seed branch prosperity gentle recovery
Týr seed branch prosperity gentle recovery
 
(ᚬ) Odin7 seed branch prosperity gentle recovery
(ᛋ) Sun seed branch prosperity gentle recovery
(ᛁ) Ice seed branch prosperity gentle recovery
(ᚬ) Odin seed branch prosperity gentle recovery
(ᛋ) Sun seed branch prosperity gentle recovery
(ᛏ) Týr seed branch prosperity gentle recovery
 
(ᛋ) Sun following life ever indication the messenger promising a good year
(ᛏ) Týr following spirit ever indication the messenger promising a good year
(ᛦ) Yew8 help breath ever indication the messenger promising a good season
(ᚠ) Wealth aid life ever indication the messenger promising a good year
(ᚾ) Need aid soul ever indication the messenger promising a good year
(ᛅ) Harvest following spirit ever indication the messenger promising a good year
 
  • 1. This is the first word to the formula of Busla's riddle, formed by the runes: ᚱ redhr, ᛁ idhr, ᛋ sol, ᛏ tidhr, ᛁ idhr, ᛚ laghr.
  • 2. Formed by the runes: ᚬ oðas, ᛁ idhr, ᛋ sol, ᛏ tidhr, ᛁ idhr, ᛚ laghr. Oðas or the o-rune is possibly (though less likely) derived from an older source in which the rune is /a/ thus yielding aistil, a possible spelling of eystill or eistill. See p.51, 53 Thompson, Claiborne W. (1978). "THE RUNES IN BÓSA SAGA OK HERRAUĐS". Scandinavian Studies. 50 (1): 53. ISSN 0036-5637.
  • 3. Formed by the runes: ᚦ thors, ᛁ idhr, ᛋ sol, ᛏ tidhr, ᛁ idhr, ᛚ laghr.
  • 4. Formed by the runes: ᚴ Kón, ᛁ idhr, ᛋ sol, ᛏ tidhr, ᛁ idhr, ᛚ laghr.
  • 5. Formed by the runes: ᛘ Madur/Maðr, ᛁ idhr, ᛋ sol, ᛏ tidhr, ᛁ idhr, ᛚ laghr.
  • 6. Formed by the runes: ᚢ Ur, ᛁ idhr, ᛋ sol, ᛏ tidhr, ᛁ idhr, ᛚ laghr.
  • 7. The rune Óss refers to Odin in the Icelandic Rune Poem.
  • 8. I am not sure which rune Egr represents, so this is a guess.
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Submitted by methaneRain127methaneRain127 on 2022-09-15
Author's comments:

ᚱ᛫ᚨ᛫ᚦ᛫ᚴ᛫ᛘ᛫ᚢ᛫ ᛬ ᛁᛁᛁᛁᛁ ᛬ ᛍᛍᛍᛍᛍ ᛬ ᛐᛐᛐᛐᛐ ᛬ ᛁᛁᛁᛁᛁ ᛬ ᛚᛚᛚᛚᛚ ᚦᛘᚴ ᛬ ᛁᛁᛁ ᛬ ᛋᛋᛋ ᛬ ᛏᛏᛏ ᛬ ᛁᛁᛁ ᛬ ᛚᛚᛚ ᛬
r.o.þ.k.m.u:iiiiii:ssssss:tttttt:iiiiii:llllll
ristil eistil þistil kistil mistil uistil

This is the thistle mistletoe formula from Busla's riddle, which can be found on rune carvings in stave churches of Nore N 132 and Lomen N 75 (Norway), inscriptions on Gørlev DR 239 (Denmark), Ledberg Ög 181 (Sweden) rune stones and other places. 'It is likely that the formula was originally a curse associated with burial rituals, whose purpose was to banish the dead into the grave' (NIyR 4, 177-8).

In the Bósa Saga / Saga of Bosi and Herraud, Busla comes to Bosi's aid, and confronts King Hringr with cursing/prayer (Buslubæn) and a riddle that the King must solve or her curse will take effect. The riddle involves guessing the names of six warriors called, by decoding six runes r. o. þ. k. m. u. followed by the runic letters i, s, t, i, l which are repeated six times.

From Drif Explained by Heilung:

"In the song, you hear some runes taken from Ole Worms “Runir seu Danica Literatura Antiqvissima” published in 1636. ..Line by line we change it into a blessing, like sun follows rain and spring follows winter. It finishes with six blessing staves that celebrate the all-unity and ensures the aid of the supporting spirits. Only living with the cycles of nature can give us the power to sing the evil powers of winter away come spring. The understanding that the seed has to die in order to spark vitality can bring back our joy of life in the face of death and we can celebrate that short moment of perfect balance for example at the equinoxes. Music and dance is the primal language of mankind. In it, we can experience the divine harmony woven through all of existence. .."

I looked up each word in various dictionaries and it seems to be a mix of Old Norse and possibly a few in Old Icelandic. I could not find the word lidhønd in Old Norse, so I have interpreted it as <lið> + <ǫnd> or <ønd>. Also <ø> means 'island', but it could be descended from <æ> in Old Norse, although it sounds more like ‘ey’ instead, meaning: 'ever, always; forever', which I feel makes more sense in the context. Unless a better source can be found.

If you have any suggestions or new sources please post a comment below.

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