The Rune Primer

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Lulu.com, Nov 1, 2006 - History - 160 pages
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Sorting fact from fiction about runes has become increasingly difficult in recent years. The number of rune books has multiplied, but the majority of them are based on speculation, or even complete fantasy, and are often contradictory and confusing. Some readers may be content to settle for these, but a growing number of rune students have been asking for a basic factual foundation so that they can judge for themselves the reliablility of the information in the esoteric rune books. The Rune Primer at last bridges the gap between the dry, complex, and expensive academic works, and the less reliable esoteric and New Age books about rune magic and divination. This book makes the old sources accessible, with translations of the rune poems, and the historical information presented in plain English. It also traces many of the recently invented rune myths to their sources, reviews some of the most popular authors, and explains the ideas behind some of the modern esoteric rune systems.
  

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User Review  - Harald - LibraryThing

An excellent introduction to rune studies for old hands and new. Starting with the factual and academic side in plain English, nice translations of the old rune poems with original text and notes, and ... Read full review

Review: The Rune Primer: A Down-to-Earth Guide to the Runes

User Review  - Joseph F. - Goodreads

Short but concise intro to the runes. For those of us who are a bit skeptical of the flights of fancy from occultists and new agers, this book provides only the hard evidence on what the runes are and how to interpret them. It includes the rune poems and a critical review of other runologists. Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
IMPORTANCE OF CONTEXT
3
OLD SOURCES
8
31 ELDER FUTHARK
10
32 YOUGER FUTHARK
12
33 ANGLOSAXON FUTHORC
14
34 RUNE NAMES
16
35 RUNE POEMS
20
THE RUNIC REVIVAL
43
42 THE CURRENT REVIVAL
44
CONCEPTS
47
53 HAMINGJA
48
ESOTERIC RUNES
49
62 TECHNIQUES
63
RESOURCES
65
MYTH BUSTING
113

36 INSCRIPTIONS
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