I am in a class of rune study. The easiest way to get a handle on them, is to make up flash cardsfor each rune and write the meaning on the back side. The best resource books in my opinion are: A practical guide to The Runes by Lisa peschel, and Taking up the Runes by Paxton. The instructor said stay away from Ralph Blums' book.Hope this helps.
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