The Magic of Rune, the Protection of Ancient Norse Gods

Rune, from God's Comprehension

"Runes" are from an ancient Germanic alphabet, used especially in Scandinavia and the British islands.

Fusark "Futhark" is the universal Germanic alphabet. The name Futhark is taken from the first 6 letters of Runes, and traditional Futhark has a total of 24 letters. A blank stone is also added during the divination, making a total of 25 stones.

The 24 Feysac letters are divided into three parts in groups of eight, called "Etes". The three Etes are from Nordic mythology symbolizing different Nordic gods. The Frey Et (the god of abundance, prosperity, love, and peace), Hag Et (god of stumbling, hardship), and Tyr Et ( god of war).

Every Rune text has a meaning. Starting with the meaning of "Rune" itself, each term is dependent on different speaking and occult concepts. They are also known as run-, runi, runa, in the root of several ancient dialects.

Runa, which means "secret whisper" in Gothic. While rhin in Old English translates to "secret writing". In the Baltic region, run- means "speaking". In Lithuanian, runoti means “speaking” or “cutting with a knife (Probably an early way of carving letters into stone or wood)”.

Each Rune text represents a certain cosmological principle, an ideogram or pictogram of a force. Writing a rune is to invoke and channel the force it represents. In addition to being used as text, Runes can also be engraved on animal skins, wood chips, stones, crystals, metals, or gemstones representing the symbols for divination. [1]

Rune on Vellum

Rune on vellum, documenting early Norse law

The ancient Norse believed that the scriptures of such graces were the words of the gods. In Norse mythology, Odin, the father of the gods, hung himself from a tree for nine days and nine nights at the cost of losing a right eye, in order to seek higher wisdom by thinking about the mysteries of the universe. The tree Odin hangs is the world tree at the center of the Germanic universe.

When he came down from the tree, he conceptualized the Rune. Although the rune was never invented, but discovered by Odin.

This story is handed down in the ancient Norse poem Hávamál ("Words of the Most High")[2]:

I know I'm hanging on a tree blown by the wind.

Nine o'clock all night,

Pierced by my spear

and dedicated to Odin,

I sacrificed myself for myself

Nobody knows

Which pole is its root on.

I didn't get any help,

Not even a sip of water from the horn.

Look down,

I saw Rune -

I grabbed them screaming-

Then I fell back from there.

The ancient Nordics had a natural reverence for runes, and believed that many holy spirits and monsters could be summoned from these words. They believed these letters with unique symbolic meaning could predict the future and embody the cultural essence of ancient people and the collective subconscious of human beings.

Each rune represents a voice that protects the human soul. As long as it is carved on any material, it can be used as a personal lucky charm or worn as a jewellery piece to gain infinite power.

Odin hanging from the World Tree

The picture shows Odin hanging from the World Tree

Rune’s Magical Legend

The simple rectilinear form of Rune script makes them very easy to be inscribed on stone and bone. But Runic languages are difficult to convey with record texts and use an excessive vocabulary capacity. This inefficiency is one of the reasons why they were eventually replaced by Latin.

Although Latin script would be more efficient and practical in writing, Rune conveys more than simple sounds as well as powerful magical symbols [3].

In Icelandic heroic legend, Egill Skallagrímsson was a Viking Age poet, warrior and farmer, and a master of Nene, deploying Nene for magical incantations.

Egill Skallagrímsson

Egill Skallagrímsson

Legend say that on one occasion he went to the home of a young woman who was bedridden because of a serious illness. When Egill came to the woman, he found that beside her was a whale bone inscribed with Nirvana, which caused her health to deteriorate. Egill carved new runes that ultimately helped the lady begin the road to recovery.

According to the medieval ballad "The Wedding of the Knight Stig," Nurwen can also be used to seduce women. Knight Stig fell in love with a young lady named Kirsten, and tried to win her over with the help of a staff engraved with Ruin, unfortunately, the staff accidentally rolled under Princess Regiz's skirt, and the magic worked on her instead. The princess immediately fell in love with Stig, who eventually had to marry her.

Throughout the legends and history, runes have had inherent magic power. Its existence not only promoted the communication between people but also promoted the communication between human beings and the gods. Facilitating our conversation with the mysterious forces of the world.

Integrating Ancient Nordic Culture into Modern Aesthetics

The earliest unequivocal Rune texts known to experts are found on the Vimose comb in Denmark and the Ovre Stabu iron spearhead in southern Norway. Both dated to about 160 AD. The earliest known engraving of the entire Futhark (the alphabet) is on Kelverstone in Gotland, Sweden, and dates back to about 400 AD.

With the introduction of Christianity to Northern Europe, the Rune alphabet was gradually replaced by the Latin alphabet. The main reason for this is that in the Dark Ages, people were forced to transcribe the Bible in large numbers. Thus, the runic language lost their staying power. While, runes have edges and corners, which had an advantage in "engraving", the when writing took off, Latin was more suitable.

Rune Writing on A Comb

Earliest known Rune writing (around 150 AD) is engraved on a comb

Around 700 AD, runes disappeared in Central Europe; around 1400 AD, Ruenwen disappeared in Scandinavia and other regions. Although in some specific occasions, these scripts continued to be used. But the rune script had become an important and distinctive part of Nordic culture and heritage.

Until modern times, many traces of Rune letters can still be seen in some buildings, personal home decoration and jewellery design in Nordic countries and have been integrated into the blood of Nordic culture. Replaced, but not forgotten.

Because runes are so beautiful, people still engrave them on jewellery, weapons and many sacred objects, showing a mysterious meaning that cannot be expressed in Latin. [3]

We, as the pioneering talisman jewellery brand, influenced by the Swedish philosopher and mystic Emanuel Swedenborg, naturally focused on the study of ancient Nordic culture, and worked closely with the authoritative Nordic cultural consultant team to fully understand the writing and magic of runes. Integrating the "voice" contained in runes into modern jewellery design, and giving the mysterious power of runes to everyone.

AWNL Rune Bracelets

Shop AWNL Bracelets with Runes

Shown above, the Nordic light luxury bracelet from us. The center is engraved with the text of grace, representing protection, success and luck.

Even in fantasy literature, video games, and various other forms of media, runes are also seen as having magical properties. Many Western film and television works with the theme of magic have mentioned runes, such as Sirius' tattoo in the "Harry Potter" series or the symbol Gandalf painted on the door in "The Hobbit".

The Best Blessings from Ancient Gods to Modern People

Through the act of human sacrifice, Odin proved himself worthy of the knowledge and power of Grace. After that, he was able to use runes to confer powers, blessings or curses, and even to bring back the dead. According to legend, runes brought the power of the gods to mankind.

Undoubtedly, runes are an important part of Norse mythology and spiritual practice, and is the best blessing from the ancient gods to modern people. These runes have an intrinsic meaning that can promote interaction with the invisible forces of the mystical world.

Every symbol in the Runic language have very potent meanings. The Nordic people believe that runes have spirituality with the earth and power and vitality to stimulate potential energy.

References

[1] Stephen E. Flowers. Runes and Magic: Elements of Magical Formulations in the Ancient Rune Tradition.

[2] Jackson Crawford. Poetic Edda Hackett Publishing Company. 2015.

[3] Simek Rudolph. Dictionary of Northern Mythology. 1993.