Runes Illustrated

How to Read Them

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Pub Date 14 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 5 Sep 2023
Amber Books Ltd, Amber Books

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Description

An alphabet developed by Germanic and Nordic peoples during ancient times, runes were used to represent both simple things and more complex concepts, providing a written form of communication before the latin alphabet was adopted. Today, reading runes are a popular tool for understanding the present and divining the future. Divided into two broad chapters, showing how to use runes, and outlining the full runic alphabet as well as a section on standing runestones, Runes Illustrated provides a compact, accessible guide to this ancient reading system. Discover the basic three rune layout, and how it can help bring clarity when seeking guidance; learn how to arrange the runes in a five rune cast, which offers a more complex reading; discover Uruz, U, which means a wild ox in Elder Futhark, the oldest runic alphabet; and see how runic inscriptions were combined on standing stones to mark burial sites and the deeds of great warriors. Beautifully produced in traditional Chinese binding and with 120 illustrations and photographs of runes, rune readings and runestones, this book will fascinate anyone interested in this ancient writing form and its uses today.

An alphabet developed by Germanic and Nordic peoples during ancient times, runes were used to represent both simple things and more complex concepts, providing a written form of communication before...


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ISBN 9781838863197
PRICE £29.99 (GBP)
PAGES 160

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As a complete beginner to the runes I was very interested in reading this book, and thank the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an e-copy for review.

The book is laid out very clearly with lots of photos and illustrations. Some of the photos seem to be fillers with little direct connection to the text, but this may be a feature of the e-book reader and they may not be as prominent in the printed book. The text itself gives a good introduction to the runes: what they are, the different types, how they are used in divination and how to make your own runes. Each rune is illustrated and explained well, both in the description and the potential meaning in a reading. I particularly enjoyed this part of the book as my primary interest is in divination,

The last part of the book consists of photos and explanations of historic runestones around northern Europe, Personally I found this section a bit 'dry' to read in one go. If I had a copy of the book I would probably revisit it periodically, especially to find stones I could visit nearby.

Overall I think this is a good introduction to the subject.

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I've always been curious about runes. I think that curiousity comes from my Scandanavian roots. This was great for a beginner such as myself who really knew very little about them. Most of my experience has come through novels where runes played a part in the storyline. I have a little better understanding now and will be reading more. Thank you for the opportunity to satisfy my curiousity

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