On bended knees, maidens offered their thricefold gratitude to Wr-alda, the All-father – “for what you have received, for what you do receive, and for the hope of aid in time of need.” (OLB, Ch. 5). Strictly celibate, they wore a short, plain tunic known as the tohnekka (OLB, Ch. 36), and permanently avoided all bodily poisons and passions, lest they polluted the light.
Frya also gave her people writing, in order to record her Tex (OLB, Ch. 20). The ‘standing’ form of each of her letters is shown on the right, with its later ‘running’ form below it. The ‘running’ forms eventually evolved into the variously attested runic scripts, and also strongly influenced the early Phoenician alphabet – the ancestor of the Greek, Roman and Cyrillic systems, among others. The jol-based formation of the letters was forgotten.
DRUDAS: Aldfâmna (elder maidens).