Futhark and Runes

Here's a gratuitous image, linked to a larger version of itself, of Odin on the high seat, with ravens (thought & memory) and the hounds (tomorrow & yesterday):

I created some PDFs with which to learn the shapes, meanings and names of the elder futhark. One is large, the other is 4-up so that it can be cut into a little pocket reference:

runatal-1up.pdf

runatal-4up.pdf

The first 3 pages are a reference for the elder futhark. The next 5 pages are workbook sheets with only some information on them. These workbook sheets can be used with a set of runes as a memory game. Try putting your runes on the correct space as an aid to learning the runes in order and by different descriptions. I made sets of these and laminated the sheets for myself, and suggest that's a good way to use them on the go as you're getting familiar with them; and to keep handy for use later, if you want them.

Runes can be combined into what are called bind-runes. For example, there are some bind-runes I created for various things:

Bind-rune for Lugh's Feast
Witchy crop circle bind-rune
Witchy crop circle bind-rune. welded
Witchy crop circle bind-rune, with stick people highlighted
Oly the Ghost, a bind-rune for an Olympia, WA pagan website, an idea I had for a “mascot”

Thorsson, E. (1983). Futhark: A handbook of Rune Magic. Weiser.

Thorsson, E. (1987). Runelore: A Handbook of Esoteric Runology. Weiser.

Thorsson, E. (1999). Witchdom of the True. Runa-Raven Press.

Paxson, D. L. (2005). B0070YFQFSTaking up the runes: A complete guide to using runes in spells, rituals, divination, and magic. Weiser.

Von List, G. (1988). The Secret of the Runes. Inner Traditions.

Mist, S. & Brazaitis, J. (2006). The Witches' Ring. Workshop. BC Witchcamp 2006.

Hollander, L. M. (1986). The Poetic Edda. University of Texas.

Davidson, H. R. E. (1985). Gods and Myths of Northern Europe. Penguin.

Davidson, H. R. E. (1985). Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe: Early Scandinavian and Celtic Religions. Syracuse University Press.

Gunndarsson, K. (2007). Our Troth: Volume 1: History and Lore. BookSurge.

Gunndarsson, K. (2007). Our Troth: Volume 2: Living Troth. BookSurge.

Sturlson, S. (1995). Edda. Everyman Paperback.

Paxson, D. L. (1993). The Wolf and the Raven.

Gaiman, N. (2013). American Gods.

Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok [DVD]

In the rune study sheets, I have used the font Gullhornet to display the runes. Gullhornet is available as freeware for academic and non-commercial use in both TrueType and Postscript formats:

“The font Gullhornet contains 109 characters from the older rune alphabet, both common Germanic runes and Anglo-Saxon and Frisian ones. In addition to the approx. 40 standard characters in these futharks there are approx. 60 variants and 9 signs for punctuation and diacritical marks.

Gullhornet contains all characters of the older rune alphabet included in Unicode Runic 16A0-16FF, in addition to a large number of variants.”

To download the font, go to the Gullhornet rune font page.

In the Bind-rune for Lugh's Feast, the font used for the text is “Wolves and Ravens” designed by the all-around awesome S. John Ross and is available at no cost from his website.

To gander at all the interesting fonts by S. John Ross, go to The Cumberland Fontworks page.


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