Ear is the dipthong “ea”
Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)
The grave is horrible to every knight,
when the corpse quickly begins to cooland is laid in the bosom of the dark earth.Prosperity declines, happiness passes awayand covenants are broken.
Ear is the rune of decay, erosion and death. It is often very slow acting force, but inexorable and persistent, and once directed, will continue to its work, however slow, until it is completed. If often signifies death, but can also indicate that need to release and let go, as something has reached it’s end, and clinging to it will not keep it around any longer. Of course, even a seemingly “malefic” rune can be beneficial. When harmful things are applied to harmful things, they stop or resist each other, holding harmful forces in check. It can also be the lessening of misfortune and trouble, allowing for more freedom and openness. By eroding away that which is doing harm, beneficial and helpful forces can enter in.