Runes:Episode 4

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Runes listing and translation for Episode 4.

Screencap Transcription Explanation/Translation Time
Ep4 Runes Elly.jpg [Archaic]


Elly is the handle name of Kirsten, the Witch in episode 4.
Ep4 Runes Cherry.jpg [Archaic]


The real name of the Witch in episode 4.
Ep4 Pixel Runes.jpg [Archaic]


A pixel variant of the runes are shown in the televisions before Madoka enters the Barrier, and once again on the monitor inside.
Ep4 No Idiots.jpg [Archaic]

Ich mag keine Narren

"I don't like fools." In Faust, Mephistopheles refers to all of humankind as Narrenwelt.

"Wenn sich der Mensch, die kleine Narrenwelt (Though folly's microcosm, man)." Narren, meaning fool, may refer to humans here, and could signify the witch's dislike for humans.

Ep4 No Work.jpg [Archaic]

Ich will nicht arbeiten

"I don't want to work." This line may come from Henrik Ibsen's play John Gabriel Borkman.

"Ich bin jung, ich will nicht arbeiten, ich will leben,"

translated as

"Yes, but I don't want to work now! For I am young! [...] I will not work! I will only live, live, live!"

In the play, these lines are said by Erhart, who is John Gabriel Borkman's son. Borkman himself was a former bank manager arrested for fraud, and through a set of circumstances, his son eventually announces that he wants to live his life for happiness without looking towards the future, caught up in passion for the present. Borkman shortly afterwards stumbles out into the cold and dies in the winter chill.

Ellycountdown.jpg [Numeric]

4 3 2 1
4 3 2 1

Runes appear in sequence on Elly's screen. This looks like a countdown showing 4, 3, 2, and the corner of 1.