In the dark forests of medieveal Europe, runes--symbols inscribed on jewelry, tools, weapons, and boundary stones--served as talismans in a mysterious time. The Rune Poem, originally wirtten in Anglo-Saxon during the early Middle Ages, gives modern-day romantics, medieval history enthusiasts, and spiritual seekers an alphabet verse for these ancient mystical inscriptions.In the dark forests of medieveal Europe, runes--symbols inscribed on jewelry, tools, weapons, and boundary stones--served as talismans in a mysterious time. The Rune Poem, originally wirtten in Anglo-Saxon during the early Middle Ages, gives modern-day romantics, medieval history enthusiasts, and spiritual seekers an alphabet verse for these ancient mystical inscriptions. 40 color illustrations....
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Rune Poem Reviews
This was a very short read, but oh my gosh is it pretty. It's also very informational, explaining all the verses of the poem individually and what they mean based on the culture of the people. I think if I had half stars, I'd give it 3.5, but I went for 4 stars because it's such a nice little book. I actually learned a few things from this book that I hadn't heard of before. Aurochs, for instance, were not something I had previously been aware of. It's a good introduction to what runes are, if you're interested in learning more about them, but this is by no means a full study on all appearances of this rune in history. This is just the perspective of one poem. The illustrations really made this book for me, but then I'm a sucker for a well designed book. I would recommend this others for sure.
Jim Paul, The Rune Poem (Chronicle, 1996)Another translation of the Rune Poem, this one rather nicely illustrated, in a mass-market height hardback from Chronicle Books. Paul adds nothing to Rune Poem scholarship, nor does he shed new light, but I doubt that was the intention with this book; it seemed more aimed at exposing the poem to those who had never seen it before, while showing those who wanted to do further research the avenues with which to do so (he refers repeatedly to Maureen Halsall's critical study often in this text). Good if you're interested and don't already have a copy, and can usually be had cheap; if you already own a translation of the Rune Poem or any of the critical works on the subject, you can pass on this safely. ***
Curious. Discusses the runes as one long poem about pre-Medieval (?) life. The author didn't put quite as much elaboration in here as I would have liked, but I'll admit I have a slightly different perspective on the significance of each rune now. The Perth rune (rune of chance and gambling) really does look like a cup tossed sideways to me. The Sol rune (rune of Sun) used to signify positivity to me, but now seems more like it was meant to symbolize knowledge and help (I had previously though that these things were the product of the Dagez or Ken runes.)So, anything that changes my perspective about a topic is a good read.
Has been helpful for memorizing the order and phonetics of the runes. The Anglo-Saxon derivation of meaning which the author provides is a good buttress for the traditional Norse "futhark" rune interpretation. Although the author admits that his translation may be considered loose by scholars, the book itself is beautifully designed and decorated, and thus, to me, worth owning.
Either you're into runes or you're not. It's like krumpin, either you krump or you not. Fortune-telling, wards, protections, talismans, enchantments, or a secret language. It's like krumpin. It comes out of the place, and outta your heart, so either you krump with you runes, or you not.
Good to get a different perspective on the runes & a reminder of what life was like for the people who used them.
Serves as a nice introduction, I think. :) Would definitely like to read more.
nice gold lettering and rune word art illustrations, but not mysterious or enlightening in any way
serves as a good introduction. I will certainly be reading more books about the runes.