I purchased this book as a reference and to replace a copy I gave away some time ago. It is a good introduction for someone considering working with the Northern Traditions. That being said, it is important to understand that this is not a book about rune divination nor is it by any means a complete overview of Nordic Magick. This book is an excellent launching point and goes well with Thorsson's other books such as Runelore and The Nine Doors of Midland.
This book is great. It goes into great detail about the meaning of the different runes, and it also includes positions that you can stand in or do that represent the rune (somewhat like yoga positions). I love the history given behind the runes as well.
Couldn't ask for a better book on Rune Magic. Everything is well organized and clearly explained. The only thing that might be able to improve is listing the pronunciations of certain things, but other than that I highly recommend getting this if you're actually interested in starting rune magic. It's a powerful book I love it.
One of the best interpretations of the Runes. A much more complete view of each rune. Not condensed to a western sound bite. One really has to read each one to grasp the entire use and meaning and Edred Thorsson captures them very well. I've been using this book for many years to help design my Rune Jewelry.... "Raventree Pewter". With great help from this book I weave them until they ring true. Of all my sources this book feels the most on mark.
When I find a book that causes me to think past the normal everyday rut, I love to mark them up with the old yellow marker. Well my copy is well marked so that I can do a bit of meditation on the points. Please Amazon, give us a Kindle version so that we can find information that is needed quickly. I do not agree with everything written and I would never expect to. Each rune worker should have personal insights on runes so that they can find help and guidance with their current problems. I feel that Mr Thorsson delivers that "push" to help you find your right path.