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Futhark: Handbook of Rune Magic

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Futhark Runes are the ancient Norse alphabet used for communication, divination, and magical work. In Futhark, American runologist Edred Thorsson introduces readers to the 24 runes of the Elder Futhark, their definitions, and mystic properties.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 25th 1984 by Red Wheel/Weiser (first published June 1st 1983)
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Sharon Reamer
Dec 10, 2014 Sharon Reamer rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interesting in Futhark and rune knowledge
I've owned this book for a while as I bought it when I began researching Germanic/Norse mythology and history for a novel I'm working on. I didn't expect it to be very helpful so it took me a while to get around to it.

I was pleasantly surprised at how helpful this book was.

Although geared towards practitioners of runecraft and having a mainly religious bent, the book has a lot of useful tidbits about the runes with some history, especially as relates to the Norse prose and poetry where the runes
Katharine Kerr
FUTHARK is Thorsson's first book. He's divided it into two parts, a brief history of the runic system and a "practical" section that gives a complete set of magical exercises. Since he's studied the system extensively and has academic credentials, the history strikes me as sound and well-documented. He knows Old Norse and the other important languages of this field, always a plus in my opinion!

The exercises derive from a system developed early in the Twentieth Century in Germany, under the heavy
This is a rather good starting place to learn about the runes and their various uses. In the first section, each rune is discussed with its alternate forms, phonetic value, esoteric interpretations and a good basic commentary. In the second half of the book, the author gives a good intro to rune magic, discussing the Nordic concept of the soul and how one may relate to the runes, i.e. utilizing forms of energy via stadhagar (runic yoga) and doing protective rituals. He also tells one which tools ...more
my absolute go to book regarding rune magic. his vocabulary can be a bit much, but once you get the feel for it, he is by far the definitive author on the subject. a must for any asatruar.
Apr 07, 2014 Volmarr rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Heathens and those into the runes
This and Runelore are the books to read to learn about the runes. All other books should be gauged according to the information in these two books to determine accuracy.
A great introduction to the Elder Futhark and the esoteric and magical concepts surrounding it. Thorsson takes and in depth look at each rune and provides several bits of information related to lore and use in magic for each one. Once each of the 24 different runes of the Elder Futhark are introduced and explained he goes on to describe various magical techniques which are designed to aid the magician, or as he calls it vikti, to embrace the power of each rune and develop better insight into the ...more
Shea Mastison
Edred Thorsson is the premier rune scholar of our time. His insights are derived from quality scholarship, and personal occult study. The book is an interesting mixture of objective fact, and personal experience; and like most real "magical" books, gives one a peek into the psyche of the author.

This is an excellent starting position for anyone interested in the runes, and it reads very complimentarily with his other great work, "Runelore."

If this is your kinda stuff, you should check out this
Aaron Meyer
Next to Runelore this is my favorite esoteric rune book to go to. Full of information. Once you have read it and Runelore your directions are endless where you can take it.
Jan 18, 2014 Leigh added it
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I tried reading the ebook, but the file would not display properly, cutting off the pages. Reported this to Overdrive.
Khris Mundy
The most recognized opener for aspiring runesters. Thorsson is a master at operative runology and this book is a great place to get acquainted with the lore. His further readings such as Runelore and Alu are required reading for runic practitioners and learners alike.
This is probably my favorite book on runes. It seems straight-forward at first, but the more you start learning about them, the more you realize how much is in here!
If you are interested in learning on the runes this is the perfect book for you! Easy to comprehend and understand for those who may be newbies!
Better than most runelore books out there but doesn't always distinguish between pre-Christian tradition and more modern interpretations.
One of the 3 books by Edred Thorsson that should be the basis of your Rune Study library.
I'm reading this with my daily rune, so not completely in a linear fashion.
Thorsson's first effort. I still think it was his best.
Title in German:
Handbuch der Runen-Magie
Read the German edition.
a solid primer on the runes.
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Stephen Edred Flowers (born 1953) also known by the pen-name Edred Thorsson, is an American Runologist and proponent of occultism and Germanic mysticism. He has over two dozen published books and hundreds of published papers on a disparate range of subjects. Flowers advocates "Esoteric Runology" or "Odianism", an occultist version of Germanic Neopaganism.
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