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Runes??
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Post # 1
What exactly are runes?
I have read forums where people talk about runes, and it got me curious.
Does anybody know what the purpose and use they provide?
Thanks again!

~Skirden :)
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Re: Runes??
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Post # 2
This thread has been moved to Magic Items from Misc Topics.
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Re: Runes??
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Post # 3
Simple answer runes are letters or representations of sounds used for writing things down.

The runes come in two types, that I am familiar with, the Elder and Younger Futhark.

Runes can be used in magic if you understand them. They can be used for divination by casting them.

There is a magic of the runes called Galdor. The finding of the runes by Odin is discussed in the Poetic Edda, Havamal.
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Re: Runes??
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Post # 4
I also am intrested in learning the runes, I have not read much or chose a set yet, really excited to learn and use them. Anyone know of a good book to start with? Thanks
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Re: Runes??
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Post # 5
Diane Paxson Taking up the runes

Futhark: A handbook of Rune Magic by Edred Thorrson

Avoid Ralph Blum

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Re: Runes??
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There are multiple types of runes, traditionally we think of runes or rune stones from the Nordic cultures/ peoples. These runes are based on the early Germanic languages (pre- Latin alphabet ). The three best known rune sets are Elder Futhark , Anglo-Saxon Futhorc , and the Younger Futhark . Each similar adaptations of one another- however distinctive to the region they were practiced (throughout Scandinavia), letter/alphabet dichotomy, and time period.

Runes are used today and originally by Nordic/Germanic tribes for secular and religious reasons. As rune comes from "runa" meaning "secret" or "mystery". Due to their mystique- they are largely used for divination, protection, and even practical use when appropriated.

Runes are often used in: Northern Shamanism, Talismans, Galdr, Haervest, Stadhagaldr, and simple blessings, offerings, and invocations, etc.

Some reading if you are truly interested in taking up runes:

  • http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/havamal.html
  • http://www.runemaker.com/wares/futhark_opts.htm
  • https://www.amazon.com/Practical-Guide-Runes-Divination-Llewellyns-ebook/dp/B002DGSNZI (really good book on simple Rune use and interpretation- there is a PDF available as well)
  • http://www.wyrdwords.vispa.com/heathenry/runeprim.html

Frith,

Nan

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Re: Runes??
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Post # 7
Thank you every body!
You guys have all helped a lot, and I think I might study runes!

~Skirden
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