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The author of the bestsellingFuthark has done it
again! Combininghistoricallore w ith esotericinvesti-
gation, Runelore dispelsmost of the misconceptions
fostered by recent booksthat purport to exp lore the
runic tradition. A runeis a magicalword. It is a self-
created viewpoint, and it cannotbe com m u n ica ted
through profaneor natural speech. It is a rpagical
word that is whispered i n our ear by the Odhinn
within. Runes define patternsof existence and con -
sciousness that are manifestedin Divine Conscious-
nessand in the World Being. The language of the
runes will appealto both the occult and aca dem ic
worlds because it combinesfolklore, linguistics, the
histor y of religion andmagic. Contentsinclude:

• runic history from the pre-Viking er a to
th e present

• rune magic anddivination
• runic codes
• rune poems
• runic numerology
• exp la n a t ionsof the mysteries

of the 24 r u nes
• runic psychology and its relationshipto
Jungian sym bolism

• runelo re of the Odhinic pantheon,and
how the runester ca n unlock the waysof
the diviniti es within

Th is is an indispensibl e textbook for all those who
seek to unravel the riddle of the runes.

I SBN 0-87728-667-1
W EI S E RB O OK S
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Boston. MA / York Beach, ME

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the Ase is above him.

104 / HISTORICAL LORE

This "poem" representstheyoungerNorse runes,butit was composedin the
socialcontextof those withknowledgeof the Old English Futhorc and its
traditions.This isclearfrom the OldEnglishglossesmadein themanuscript
(not shown).For the most part, and at firstglance,it seems that the words of
this poemmerelyserveto knit the rune namestogetherin properorder(as a
mnemonic). But in at least four instances the phrases are esoterically
meaningful:(I) "the Ase isabovehim" (= the thurs)--apparentlya theo-

and man in the middle

�~ and sun.

?birch
year,

wheel is written last,

then cleavescancre;

water thebright.

Ice, {

�~Tiu,

hail has i- need

yew holds all.

aurochs after,

thurs the thirdstave,

r fee first,
�~

�~

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r

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r
�~

t

itscontentsdonot seem tobelong to anancientheathentradition. It is written
in amixtureofHigh and LowGerman,with some Norsecharacteristics.The
manuscriptprobably was put togetherby Walafrid Strabo, who studied
underHrabanusMaurusin Fuldafrom 827 to 829.Hrabanus,who was in
turn the studentof the SaxonAleuin, was thegreatestsingle collectorof
runelorein the Middle Ages.Althoughall three men wereChristianclerics.
and their rationalefor collectingthis materialmight have beenintelligence
gatheringfor missionarywork amongAsatniNorsemen,they inadvertently
gathereda greatdeal of genuinelore of Germanictroth.

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Rune Poems/ 105

logical comment;(2) "and man [is] in themiddle"-dearlyis not a spatial
but cosmo-psychologicalstatement-manis in Midhgardhr;(3) "water[is]
thebrightone"-thisis the shining water of life (seereferenceto gold in the
"Old NorwegianRuneRhyme"); and (4)"the yew holdseverything"-the
World-Yew containsthe essence of themultiverse.

Commentson Runic Stanzas from the
Poetic Edda

Besidesthe runepoemsabove, there are three lays of thePoetic Edda
.meetlyrelevantto the runic tradition. These are,however,different from
De futhark poems. The Eddie poems maydelineate,in order, a series of
�~�r�a�r clearly attachedto runes,but the exact runic formula may remain
tDdden.Each stanzais not necessarily attachedto a single runestave,
Xthoughit is usuallyilluminating to classify the meanings in futhark order.
Some of these stanzas are clearly meaot to beteachingtools. The three lays
aithePoeticEddain question are the"RunatalsthattrOdhins"(= "Havam-
il" 138-165),the "Sigrdrffumal," and the"Grogaldr" (= first half of the
"Svipdagsmal").

-rusRUNATALS THATIR ODHINS"
The "Runatalsthattr" is a keydocumentin the Odian tradition.It should be
readandstudiedin detail by allrunesters.The lay isessentiallymade up of
llnee parts: (I) the rune-winninginitiation (138-141),(2) the teaching of
jechnical runelore (142-145), aud (3) a catalog of eighteenrune-magic
songs(146-164).In the first part Odhinn is initiated (or initiates himself)
irJto the wisdom of the runes by hanginghimself in the branches of the
"orld-Tree, Yggdrasill ("the steed of Yggr"[= Odhinn], or "the yew
column")with its nineworlds,where he is"woundedby thespear."This is
J. typical shamanisticinitiatory theme in which the initiate is subjected to
iOIIle sort of torture or mock execution(in a cosmologicallysignificant
context) inorderthat he might come face to face with death. To hang the
'ri.."tim in a tree and stab him with spears inthe traditional way of makiug
Immansacrificeto Odhinn,knowo from early Roman reports to Viking Age
sogaaccounts.HereOdhinngives(sacrifices)his Self tohimself-"given to

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INDEX/220

the Noms,78, 123, 125
North Star, 127, 183
numerology,16, 159-165

Odhinic cult, 36
Odhinic path, 107, 189-199
Odhinic triad, 117, 119,179-181

and creationmyth, 145
and vital breath,169

Odhinn, 117, 178-182,189-199
and Freyja, 185-186
and Freyr, 186-187
and Odhr, 185-186
and thePoeticMead, 193-195
and vital breath,169
in the PoeticEddas,104-109
initiation, 105-106,148, 191
names,10, 179, 189

Odhinn,Hoenir, L6dhUIT. See
Odhinic triad
Odhinn,Viii, Ve. SeeOdhinic triad
Odhr, 185-186
Old EnglishRunePoem,23, 94-99
Old IcelandicRunePoem,101-103
Old NorwegianRuneRhyme,100-

101
0r!og, 78, 125
Osebergburial ship, 39-40
othala,134-135

perthro,125
Pertrossaring, 17-18
pictographicstones,20-21
PoeticEddas,105-109.Seealso

Egil's Saga;Grettir'sSaga
PoeticMead, 192-195
psychophysicalcomplex,167-172

Ragnarok(Judgementof the Gods),
181-182

raidho, 118
RainbowBridge, 126, 157, 181
rises(beings),188-189
rock carvings,18-19
R6k Futhark,34
RuneGuild, 69, 113, 195
rune (theword), 3-5,113-114
runecasting,77-78
runemasterformula, 15, 19,24,76
runic alphabet,6-10

Latinization of, 47, 51
runic codes,87-91
runic dyads,148-149
runicelements,149-153
runic formulas.

futhark,74
ideographic,75
naturallanguagesendings,72
number,75
Seealso magic; runic

inscriptions
runemaster,15, 19,24,76

word formula sendings,73
runic inscriptions.

carvingand coloring, 41-44,
80, 83-84

earliestexamples,11-13
English,22-26
Frisian,22, 26-27
funeraryuses,19-20
Heidenhauser,57
Medieval,48-51
on bracteates,16-17
on broaches,12, 15
on rings, 17-18
on rock faces,18-19
on spearheads,14-15
PennsylvaniaDutch, 57
Seealso magic; runic formulas

Runic manuscripts, 51

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runic numerology, 16, 159-165
runic origins

historical, 6-10
Odhinnic initiation, 10, 191

runic revival, 53-65, 67-69
Armanen Orden, 63, 67-68
contemporaryperiod, 67-69
Kabbalistic influences, 54-55
Romantic period, 56-60
Von List, Guido, 60-65

salt (runic element), 149-153
Sarkind bone, 49-50
shape shifting, 168, 170
Sievern bracteate, 17
Sleipnir, 129, 193
Snoldelev stone, 35-36
soul, 167-168, 170
sowilo, 127
Spiesberger, Karl, 67, 68
stave names, 138-139
stave shapes, 137
stave (the word), 42-43
storgoticism, 54, 56
Str6 stone, 36-37
Svartalfheimr, 153-157

Thorr, 116, 183
Thorrson, Edred

involvement with runes, 68-68
thurisaz, 116-117

221 I INDEX

thurses, 188-189
tiwaz, 127-128
Tyr, 128, 175, 182-183

the undead, 19-20
uruz, 116

Vanaheimr, 153-157
Vanir, 180, 191
Veerlese brooch, 15-16
v«See, Odhinic triad
Veb1ungsnes rock carving, 19
venom (runic element), 149-153
Viking age runes, 29-44
ViIi. See Odhinic triad
vital breath, 169
Von List, Guido, 60-65

water (runic element), 149-153
wights, 187-189
wunjo, 120-121
wyrd, 125, 192

yeast (runic element), 149-153
Yggdrasill, 153-157

and Odhinic initiation, 10, 105,
191, 195

Yrnir, 1 43-146
Yngvarr (mythic hero), 37-38
Younger Futhark, 30,89,206-208

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