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Runelore by Edred Thorsson
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Katharine Kerr In some respects this book is an updated version of Thorsson's FUTHARK: A Handbook of Rune Magic. The historical and linguistic sections are more complete and more rigorous than those in the earlier work. When he turns to the subject of rune magic, however, the works diverge. Thorsson is convinced that the symbols we call runes have been absorbed into a much older system of esoteric (i.e., occult) lore. Whether or not one agrees with him, his discussion is interesting and well-presented.


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