Eihwaz is a magical rune meaning "defence" which came up during the 1996 Ancient Runes O.W.L.s examination.[1] Hermione Granger confused it with ehwaz, another rune which meant "partnership", but she still achieved an Outstanding.[2]

Behind the scenes

  • Eihwaz is actually the Germanic word for yew-tree, while ehwaz means horse.
  • Like Ehwaz, Eihwaz is also a rune in the Futhark alphabet, representing defence, patience, waiting and calmness.


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 31 (O.W.L.s)
  2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 5 (An Excess of Phlegm)

Study of Ancient Runes
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Textbooks: Advanced Rune Translation · Ancient Runes Made Easy · Magical Hieroglyphs and Logograms · Rune Dictionary · Spellman's Syllabary
Known Runes: Acromantula · Demiguise · Ehwaz · Eihwaz · Fwooper · Graphorn · Hydra · Quintaped · Runespoor · Salamander · Unicorn · Unknown · Mark of Merlin
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