|Transcription||g||ȝ, g; g|
|IPA||[ɣ]||[g], [ɣ], [ʎ], [j]; [g]|
|Position in rune-row||7||7; 33|
|Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem:||English Translation:|
ᚷ Gyfu gumena byþ gleng and herenys,
Generosity brings credit and honour, which support one's dignity;
The corresponding letter of the Gothic alphabet is 𐌲 g, called giba. The same rune also appears in the Elder Futhark, with a suggested Proto-Germanic name *gebô "gift". J. H. Looijenga speculates that the rune is directly derived from Latin Χ, the pronunciation of which may have been similar to Germanic gs in the 1st century, e.g., Gothic reihs compared to Latin rex (as opposed to the Etruscan alphabet, where /𐌗 had a value of [s]).
The gyfu rune is sometimes used as a symbol within modern mysticism, particularly amgonst those interested in Celtic mythology. It's described, for example, in the book The Runic Tarot as a representation of the giving-receiving balance in friendships.
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