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Runelore: The Magic, History, and Hidden Codes of the Runes Paperback – May 1, 1987
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- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0877286671
- ISBN-13 : 978-0877286677
- Product Dimensions : 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
- Publisher : Weiser Books (May 1, 1987)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #80,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is well made with a nice hard paper used for the cover with a glossy coat over the outer side. The pages are slightly toothy, much like the paper used in novels, but thicker than standard. The font is easy to read with crisp text and a deep black ink. The page margins are slightly too small but it’s not too bad. The spine appears well glued.
However, the book is not limited to historical and archeological information. The author Edred Thornsson, a professor and a heathen godhi makes a strong point, that this tradition is alive, and has never really died out, as it was preserved in the germanic folklore, and later has been given a boost in the Romantic period in Germany by some very talented adepts. Edred makes a point that has been my good omen for many years: Christianity and paganism are much more related that many would like to admit. In fact, and it IS a kind of fact - paganism has masterfully used the guise of Christian doctrine to survive during long years of its illegal or semi-illegal existence. Of course some controversies are also there. For example the one surrounding runes and their misuse by the Nazi Germany, but it HAS happened, what can we do? Guy Julius Ceasar shouldn't have gone to that bogus Senatorial meeting that brought about his end as well - but he did, now didn't he?
I liked the book and the rich variety of information presented in it. But what i also liked was authors effort to show this tradition for what it is and what it has been: a source of tremendous knowledge and empowerment for the generations of peoples in Scandinavia, Europe, and the Americas.
This book is actually more historically based, and focused on lore, than the first, actually.
Again, Thorsson holds a PhD, and the academia shows sometimes in the work.
That is good in terms of the research that went into the three books in this trilogy of Rune books, but does not always make for the smoothest reading.
I would recommend this book (as well as the rest of the trilogy) to anyone interested in learning about the Runes with an esoteric slant, and it can also provide some information to those simply looking for an exoteric understanding.
(Also sold on Amazon -- the one with the 9 stars.)
Turns out the 24 runes on the pendant are merely the Younger Futhark alphabet from A-Z. There are no
magic incantations or calls to the Norse gods on it. (Whew!)
The book is the one to get for a complete explanation of the runes, their history and a brief explanation
of the Norse mythology related to Yggdrasil -- the Norse Tree of Life. Interesting discussion regarding the 9
levels of reality represented by the Tree...
also note that there is a Serpent at the base of the Tree, and an Eagle at the top, and when the
Serpent (kundalini) climbs the Tree [spine] and merges with the Eagle, one will experience enlightenment
[satori] -- What the heck -- How did the Norse know about that? (This last data is genuine and from my
research into the Tree; the author does not seem to know about the kundalini symbology.) The 9 levels of
reality reminded me of the Kabbalah Sefirot in the way they are arranged about an axis and most connect
with each other....
The major Norse gods are also profiled: Odin, Thor, Freya.... a very good comprehensive overview of runes.