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Blutwlfin
Wednesday, October 19th, 2005, 11:53 AM
While investigating the literature about the subject of the "Runes," it becomes apparent that the authors never speak about the utilitarian value of the runes for our time. In general, the opinion prevails that the runes have "had their day;" to be sure, they can still occasionally be used to decorate a document, perhaps, or single symbols can be used as rank insignia in the German Bundeswehr or the US Army. Only Thorolf Wardle states in his booklet "Neue Runenkunde" (the English edition is titled "Runelore") that todays Germanic languages are still well suited to be written in runic script. The somewhat controversial author Rudolf John Gorsleben believed that a new German script based on the rune characters would "emerge spontaneously." What wishful thinking!

The other authors' negative attitude about the runes' usefulness perhaps stems from the fact that one would have to convert a piece of writing, a letter or a newspaper to runic script character by character, a time intensive process that is nearly impossible today. Ordinary typewriters with rune keys are not available, while custom-built machines are out of most peoples' price range. And who should be able to read articles written in runes, since only a handful of people are able to read the runes fluently. And maybe we do not count those people among our friends. Question after question.

At this point a reminder that the past few years have seen the dawn of the computer age. The computer is slowly but surely conquering public and especially private areas of life. documents, letters and newspapers are increasingly written on the computer, a machine that does not care whether it prints out Cyrillic, Greek, Roman or Runic letters. One simply has to input the appropriate font.

Therefore the negative opinions about the runes' usefulness have lost all validity! And furthermore:

The Runes are completely equal to all other letters as a useful script!

Thus the question is not whether it is possible to use the runes for writing in todays world. The question is whether we want this !

As always the decision is up to us. Everyone of us has to choose whether he wants to learn the common Germanic rune row, the Futhark, and whether he wants to use the runes for writing when the occasion is right, or if he wants to continue to use Roman letters for all his writing. A short overview of the development of our runes might help in the choice:

The word "Rune" has the same root as "Raunen," to whisper or talk in secret. To the ancient Germanic peoples, the runes were intimate companions, while they seemed indecipherable and ominous to strangers. Many thousands of years ago, the people of central Europe already drew letter- or rune-like glyphs on reindeer antlers and pebbles and archeologists count these finds among the oldest expessions of the human spirit on earth. The most well known among these symbols are the triskele, swastika, pentagram, wheel cross, cross, and the sun disc. The runes Ur, Wunjo, Odal, Man, Jar, Kaun and Yr have all been traced back to the Stone Age.

We can skip over the moronic school of "thought," according to which "nordic Barbarians" received the blessings of salvation and culture from Jews or Phoenicians as a "gift." This is merely leftist/ humanist propaganda that contradicts all the findings of archeological research. The more "diplomatic" among the "Ex oriente Lux- boosters" try to convince us with this statement: "The Greeks deserve their fame for introducing the Phoenician letters to Europe. The Etruscans and Italiers learned from them." These people would like to cover up the passages (III,67 andV,74) in the chapters about ancient Greek history of the thirty volume historical work by the classical historian Diodoros, where he writes that the Trakian poet Lionos and his pupil Orpheus " brought writing from the North to Greece" where it was adapted to Greek. Numerous other evidence plainly shows, that the goat herders of the Levante copied their aspirations to culture from the Northmen that immigrated there long ago.

Our runes did not develop out of the Greek, Roman, Etruskan, Old-Alpine or other letters; on the contrary, all these alphabets go back to an extremely ancient primorial Rune-alphabet used in the North. This script accompanied the Indogermanic peoples on their conquests and travels and thus reached all parts of the known world. Here it was stripped of its cultic symbolic content and converted into a profane script by the various tribes which had lost the bonds to their old homeland and consequently declined by adopting a materialistic, urban way of life. Jrgen Spanuth has proven this conclusively in his works. Because the Germanic peoples of Central Europe had preserved their kind and mentality by not mixing with other ethnic groups, the runes likewise survived here in their original, oldest forms.

Let us remember:
Around 5000 years ago, the megalith builders from the North Sea and Baltic coasts clashed with the corded ware ceramists and battle axe peoples that were pushing northwards from central Germany. The time period of this "Aesir-Vanir War" coincided with an enormous spiritual and intellectual upheaval. After coming to an agreement, both peoples united. This bond created our ancestors, the Germanic people.

Their beliefs were as follows:
They attributed the origin of life to the actions of supernatural beings, their gods, from whom they were descended, whom they felt called upon to help, and to whom they returned after death. To our ancestors, the struggle for wisdom seemed to be the supreme purpose of life and this demanding task also entered into their mythology. According to the faith of our ancestors, Allfather Odin-Wotan, who breathed his Odem into all living things, himself searched for higher knowledge. In doing so, he found the runes. The scholar Dr. Hammerbacher recounts the Rune Poem of the Edda as follows:

One day Odin rode his white horse Sleipnir until he reached the world ash Yggdrasil. There he saw three women sitting at the well. They were busy spinning threads and weaving the garment of fate for gods and men. Nornes, they were called- Urd, Werdandi, Skuld. Thereupon, the three women revealed to the god many secrets of the distant past and foretold the far-off future.

But the god was eager to learn even more about the worlds. So the women referred him to the giant Mimir, who dwells at the spring of wisdom, whose nourishing liquids feed the world tree.

Odin rode to Mimir. But the giant did not want to give his knowledge so easily. Therefore, Odin pledged his left eye to the mighty one. Then Mimir showed him the mysteries of this world.

Still, the Allfather was not fully satisfied in his quest for wisdom. On the way back through the desolate heath, he came upon a leafless tree. It was the Fogmoon and the frosty twilight permeated the landscape. Suddenly, his coat was caught in the branches of the tree. Odin hung between heaven and earth. In vain, he tried to free himself. Herjafather's white horse "Sleipnir", also called "Glidehoof," circled around him, whinnying. His ravens "Hugin" and "Munin"-thought and memory- flew around him agitatedly and brought the world's thoughts to him.

Odin struggled with himself for the ultimate wisdom. Nine nights he hung on the windswept tree. His inner being gradually grew clearer and more luminous. Now he finally found the symbols of life's noblest values. He bent down deeply from the tree. Groaning with extreme exertion, he took up the signs and cut them into the trunk with his sword. Runes he called these sacred glyphs, because they whisper wisdom to the initiated (the word "rune" is related to the German "raunen"= to whisper). Now, Skyfather was possessed by the mighty ability to free himself from the tree. He fell down, jumped up, called his steed and rode back to Valhalla, the castle of the gods.

(What a contrast to Jehova, god of the Hebrews! In their myth, he banned his children because they wanted to be like him and strove for knowledge!)

Odin-Wotan proceeded to initiate his divine companions into the lore of the runes. He also gave this gift to his most loyal men. Men who lived according to his laws and fought alongside him for the cosmic universal order and against the dark forces. Chosen women were also instructed in the runic arts by the god. Now the signs became the sacred writing of the Germanic people, as announced by the Eddic Rune Poem.

Thus ends the myth- now we attempt an interpretation. In the tale, Odin rides to the world ash. This tree was known as the world axis to our ancestors. We know that our ancestors practiced a highly developed form of astronomy- without the use of telescopes. Their calculations were made by sighting, measuring shadows and comparing the positions of the stars. The connecting lines and fixed points of the stars were laid out on the ground on a reduced scale with the help of wooden staves.

Such staves might have been placed before Odin when he was thinking about the world's workings. "His inner being gradually grew clearer and more luminous." What was the central point in the search for the underlying laws of the universe? And just what was the groundbreaking realization?

That was it! This might be a small revelation for us today, growing up in the space age but back then it was a totally new insight.

Odin took up the staves that gave him this realization and called them runes. Even today we have the word "run" which also points to the circular path of the stars. And indeed, all runic symbols can be derived from a circle, its diameter, radius and a bow-string.

Odin cut the runes into the trunk of the world ash. In Old High German we have the word "writan" which means to cut, to scratch. On the rune clasp of Freilaubersheim the old word for to write, "reitan," is still used. In todays English, it survives in "to write." On the other hand, the German word for to write, "schreiben," is derived from Latin ("scribere"), and has nothing to do with the runes.

For many centuries, the runes now became -in the form of the Common Germanic Futhark- the common cultural property of all Germanic tribes. In keeping with the times, their knowledge to wise women and the learned. Rulers and military leaders knew the runes as well, because they were incised into women's jewelry and men's weapons. The iron helmet found in Negau/Steiermark dating from the year 6 CE is a good example. Understandably, no wooden monuments from this early time have been preserved but we have numerous finds from the golden age of metalworking (bronze, gold, iron).

In his "Germania" dated around 90 CE, the Roman author Tacitus reports that runes were cut from the branches of fruit bearing trees and cast on a white sheet. From their positions toward each other, attempts at predicting the future were made. This was especially practiced by wise women called seeresses. The Roman general Drusus, who marched through Germania in 9 BCE with the intention of expanding Roman rule to the Teutons living by the river Elbe, encountered such a seeress. She predicted his imminent demise, which Drusus, laughing, dismissed as the "foolish talk of a barbarian wench." Shortly afterwards, he fell off his horse and died.

Before the current era, the use of the runes for cultic uses predominated. Of course, the communication of thoughts, facts, observations, and messages of mystical and supernatural import was also bound up in this practice. Starting in the 3rd century CE, the runes increasingly saw use as mere letters for writing. A typical example from the 6th century has come down to us:

The bishop of Poitiers, Venantius Fortunatus, a native of northern Italy, who grew up in Ravenna, wrote to his childhood friend Flavius, he should answer him either in Latin or another language. If he did not want to use Latin, he could write using the "barbarian runes" on smooth wood staves. A few centuries later the bishop of Mainz, Hrabanus Maurus (died in 856), labeled a whole Futhark with the note:" This is used by the Marcomanni, who we call the Normans." He says further: "Those, who we call heathens use these letters to record their poems, magical songs and predictions."

Until approximately the eighth century, the runes were highly respected in Germany. Then the christian cannibals undertook their assault on heathendom. Now the runes were despised and forbidden as heathen works of magic. Almost all of Germany's runic monuments were destroyed and with them the men and women that were dedicated to the faith and culture of their ancestors.

Foreign letters, that were known only to the christian suppressors, were imported. The Roman alphabet was mainly spread in those obscurantist citadels, the monasteries, and thus became the tool of a privileged class of priests. In this way, the Latin language was introduced into Germany. Only those events which were useful to conversion and the spreading of judeo-christian teachings were recorded in Latin. Using the foreign alphabet, the clergy opened the gates to a flood of defamatory lies about our early history and way of life. The Germanic spiritual heritage was widely eliminated and when this was not possible for the christian priests and their treacherous wordly co-conspirators, it was distorted and falsified as the work of the devil.

Justice was not executed under the open sky at especially venerated places anymore. Using the Roman language, laws that were supposed to eliminate Germanic law were recorded. Roman law spread across our lands. The death penalty was introduced for those who remained loyal to the faith of their forefathers. The "Saxon laws" of "Charlemagne" are a terrible example of this policy.

In his old age, Charlemagne had the ancient Germanic poems of the gods and heroes collected and written down, inspite of his christian depravity. He should not have done this! Completely deluded by his christian beliefs, his son Ludwig the "Pious" had the whole collection burned, so that it was lost forever. This does not surprise us when we learn that he was very much under the influence of his second wife Judith. Due to her meddling, he gave the Hebrews expanded rights, allowed them to hold slaves, to lease and collect taxes, and freed them from having to answer to the imperial jurisdiction. He appointed a special official, a "Judenmeister," to control and upkeep these privileges.

The memory of the runes as letters and magical symbols remained alive much longer among the northern Germanic tribes which were forcibly converted to christianity only much later; in fact, fragmentary customs and use survived into this century. The runemaster of the Seeland brakteate (a coin-like amulet) introduces himself confidently as: "Harihua is my name- he who knows dangerous things- I bring good luck." As late as 1333, we can ascertain the use of runes in conjuration: on an island in the North American Strait-of-Davis, three hunters belonging to the Viking settlement on Greenland were surprised by bad weather. They banished the threatening snow storm with runes by using the IS-rune in numerical values. Wodan's rune poem in the Edda (Havamal 138-165) says of the IS-rune: "The storm I calm, as steep as the waves may be, and gently rock the waves as they slumber."

In the north, many runic monuments have survived the efforts of the judeo-christian church to eliminate them. As in the south, the church used every criminal means at their disposal. When 22 men and women were burned as witches on Iceland in 1626, the first victim was a learned man, among whose writings they had found only one rune.

Like all victims of the christian reign of terror, these men and women will not be forgotten until they have been given satisfaction, either in the form of a public apology by the churches, or in the form of retaliation!

Even the Roman alphabet underwent some changes in the course of time. Around 800, Charlemagne had introduced the "Carolingian Minuskel", the Roman lower case letters. Then, around 1200, this round script was gradually changed into a new slender, angular script we call the "Gothic." Extraordinary minds like Meister Eckhart, Heinrich Seuse and Johann Teuler- men that had already surmounted christianity spiritually- expressed themselves using this script. When Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, the German language, which had not been spoken by scholars for centuries, won back some of its stature. Along with its rise, the spiritual freedom that is the distinguishing mark of our people, blossomed once again.

A new type utilizing old Greek and old Latin letters was developed out of the Gothic script. We call this the "German script." With the addition of further foreign elements, this type developed into what we call "Fraktur," whose name justifiably means "broken, fractured." These letters signify a break with our sacred writing and therefore correspond to the spiritual and racial break that the German people and Germanic ways -with their past and origin in the intimate relationship with their gods- had suffered. The Fraktur has nothing in common with the runes.

Rome set the Counterreformation as well the Jesuit Order in motion to suppress the liberal movements arising in Germany. Unfortunately, this effort was partially successful but in general a breakthrough had been achieved. The Age of Reason did the rest.

After the wars of liberation in 1807-1815, scholars conscious of their Germanity, especially Jacob Grimm, dedicated themselves to researching the runes, following the preliminary work of some Scandinavian researchers. The few surviving monuments were scientifically investigated and their importance recognized for the most part. However, even today not all the secrets of the runes have been unravelled and differences of opinion about some details remain. But by and large we have a thorough knowledge about our sacred writing, even if future research should add to or correct this or that aspect in detail.

Why then do we hesitate to reintroduce the Futhark, our most primordial script, even within our communities as a start? Do we want to wait until others make the move or until this script arrives "spontaneously"? Is it not even our duty to use it? Let us not forget:

We are entitled to the runes. But he who does not safeguard a right, has relinquished it!

As a community, that has found the way back to the religion of its ancestors, that wants to develop and cultivate a common Germanic approach to life, and that perhaps will the founder of a nordic Germanic nation someday, it is our duty to preserve those things that are passed down to us from our ancestors. Our runes are part of this heritage!

Therefore, let us decide!

One serious objection should not be withheld:

The runes are venerable symbols, that initially were found, i.e. invented, for cultic uses and not for writing. Every rune has its own name and meaning and defines given areas of life that seemed worthy of veneration to our ancestors. That is why we speak of the runes as holy signs. That sacredness shall not be questioned!

On the other hand, it must be admitted that with their expansion the runes were used to communicate ordinary messages fairly early on and until today. A special example of the profane use of our heritage should be mentioned here:

The famous Arne Magnussen Collection of Icelandic Manuscripts in Copenhagen not only contains the "Law of Schonen" written in runes, but also a small fragment of an old nordic folk song, written in runes with accompanying musical score. This is the text:

Droemde mik en droem i nat um silki ok aerik pael
"I dreamt a dream tonight of silk and splendid fur."
Until a few years ago, the melody of this song was the signature song of the Copenhagen FM radio station.

Other evidence also tells us that the runes never completely dissappeared as a utilitarian script. A 1543 diary of the Swedish general Mogens Gyldenstjerne has been preserved, for example. It is written in runes so fluently, that we can presuppose a great deal of practice on the part of the author. While serving under King Gustav Adolf, the Swedish general Jacob de la Gardie wrote all his secret instructions to his commanders in runic script. Among the peasants of Dalarnes and other nordic areas the runes survived until our time.

In Germany, we also have a piece of runic writing dating from the beginning of the Thirty Years War. In 1893, a manuscript with runes originally from the Doberan monastery in Mecklenburg was found in the archive of the Haseldorf estate in the Elbmarshes. It is the "Song of Anthyr" and was probably written around 1521. It is an ode to the Greek hero Anthyr, a fighting comrade of Alexander the Great, as the progenitor of the Mecklenburgian rulers. The poet is unknown.

The runes define vital archetypes of life, similar to Japanese and Chinese characters. The runes themselves are nothing less than pictorial glyphs. Roman letters are merely the components of a word. But today it is not really possible anymore to express oneself by way of a pictorial alphabet. Right now, the Japanese and Chinese have great difficulites in converting their almost 70.000 characters (pictures) into a contempoary way of expression, inspite of using computers in their efforts. They are in the midst of reducing the meaning of their characters to syllables and later to letters.

This should not happen to the runes! As singular characters, they should keep their names and old meaning completely. However, lined up together they should form words and sentences, which we shall use for our written communications, just as our ancestors did.

Just so there are no misunderstandings:
Nobody wants to do away with the Roman alphabet, but is it not the right of the Artgemeinschaft to recognize it as a foreign property forced upon us and to question its use, at least within our community? If we really want to reach the wellsprings of our being, we not only have to swim against the stream of this age, we also have to uncover our buried heritage and take it back into use. In the religious arena, we have already made good progress. Likewise, we should further develop the literary means of expression left behind by our ancestors when they had to enter into christian servitude.

Make your decision! If you decide for the runic script, the difficulties now begin.

First, the runes have to be "learned." But which ones? Several rune rows exist, for reasons history can tell us:

When news of the brutal advance of the christian priests reached the North around 1000, the population grew concerned. To defend against the southern influence, the rune masters created a modified rune alphabet that could not be read by foreign travellers. The "Younger Futhark" with only16 remaining runes was developed. Around 1200, it was realized that the 16 characters were not sufficient. Commisioned by the Danish king Waldemar, the Icelandic skald Olaf Hvitskjald enlarged this row to make "King Waldemar's Runes," which are contained in the sentence "The man, whose chin was broken, flees the ballgame." These runes were only used in southern Sweden and Denmark. In England, the Old English Futhork was developed. The younger, simplified runes that were only used in the North were the preferred runes to carve into runestones. In addition, staveless and dotted runes were developed.

On the one hand, the cultural variety of Germanic intellectual and spiritual life is delightful and gratifying. On the other hand, a gulf opened up between the Northern Germanic and Southern Germanic people that has not been closed again to this day.

Since we stand at a new beginning today and think and act in a unified "Germanic" manner, the runes that were limited to a certain area, i.e. the dotted runes, the Old English Futhark or the Younger Futhark, are out of the question for modern use. Ten additional runes would have to be added to the 16, resulting in a mixture of older and younger runes. It is much better to revive the Elder Futhark, which is already in place and which once before has been the common property of all Germanic peoples. Only two new characters, for the seldomly used letters Q and X, would have to be added to the 24 runes.

Therefore, he who wants to learn how to write with runes, should first memorize the 26 characters of "Odin's script," a fitting name for our alphabet.

Also essential are the ten "stave-numbers," as they were used by our ancestors. The punctuation can remain as it is.

There are numerous approaches to learning how to read and write the runes. One only has to memorize three characters a day to know the entire Futhark in a week. All that is necessary is continued practice to be "fluent." As a writing exercise, one can convert all manner of writings into "Odin's script." To help with the practice of reading, a page of runic text could be added to future pages of this magazine, for example. In addition, essays written with runes can be ordered from the author.

It is really quite easy to learn and use the Elder Futhark and fun as well. And finally, an ancient cultural treasure of our own is brought back to life by their use.

Let us summarize:

The runes are counted among the oldest achievements of the human spirit. They came into being here in Central Europe many thousands of years ago and were spread into all parts of the known world by the Indogermanic migrations. They were inspiration and model for the writing efforts of the peoples that came into contact with them.

At first, the runes were invented as cultic symbols, which take a central place in Germanic mythology. The fact that they originate from Odin is indicative of this importance.

Every rune describes a whole archetypal area of life, as it existed for our ancestors.

Each rune in itself had a magical significance, especially for protection. That is why they were cut into weapons and jewelry. In later times, the runes were formed into words, sentences and written documents. In Germany, songs and poems, magical formulas and predictions were written in runes before the violent christianization occured around 800. After the invasion of christianity, the use of the runes was outlawed and the collected documents were destroyed. Romen law, alphabet and thinking were forced upon the Germanic people.

The scientific investigation of the runes only began in the 19th Century. But until today the runes' utilitarian value as a written means of expression has not been adequately researched and discussed.

In the computer age, it is no problem to write any given piece of writing with runes; one simply has to have the desire to do so.

In conclusion, I would like to dedicate this quote from Thorolf Wardle to all those who have promoted our sacred writing:

Once with the Aesir they arrived-

Once with the Aesir they vanished,

Today they return, Aesir and Runes!



Source (http://www.asatru.de/)

Vanir
Wednesday, October 19th, 2005, 12:56 PM
well, they haven't quite had their day.
I have printed out A3 sheets of the Elder futhark, and the Anglo-Saxon futhark, for my 3 nephews to put on their walls. And when they are over here visiting, I make a game of reciting the futhark, promising them rewards if they can get it all correct.

If the Jews can resurrect Hebrew, a dead language, then surely it can't be too hard for us to resurrect an phonetic script as an alternative to the latin. So long as it keeps one root in the ground, it can regrow.....

Alizon Device
Saturday, October 22nd, 2005, 06:58 PM
well, they haven't quite had their day.
If the Jews can resurrect Hebrew, a dead language, then surely it can't be too hard for us to resurrect an phonetic script as an alternative to the latin. So long as it keeps one root in the ground, it can regrow.....

What a great idea!
It's time I learned about runes, it's one area I'm pretty ignorant on. ;)

lfhere
Friday, March 24th, 2006, 08:20 PM
If the Jews can resurrect Hebrew, a dead language, then surely it can't be too hard for us to resurrect an phonetic script as an alternative to the latin. So long as it keeps one root in the ground, it can regrow.....

I approve! I wonder if we would have to adapt a miniscule (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carolingian_miniscule) form of the runes for easier writing though.

Sifsvina
Saturday, March 25th, 2006, 04:46 AM
Yes please! I have an advantage though in already knowing how to write and read Elder Futhark:) When I need to write a note for my sweetie I always do it in runic. I also found that my poetry had a very different feel when written first in runic. Runic automatic writing is fun too:) Runic was actually quite simple to learn, much more simple than I thought it would be as I have trouble memorizing things but it just fell into place like an old friend.

lfhere
Wednesday, September 27th, 2006, 06:19 PM
Ten additional runes would have to be added to the 16, resulting in a mixture of older and younger runes. It is much better to revive the Elder Futhark, which is already in place and which once before has been the common property of all Germanic peoples. Only two new characters, for the seldomly used letters Q and X, would have to be added to the 24 runes.

Therefore, he who wants to learn how to write with runes, should first memorize the 26 characters of "Odin's script," a fitting name for our alphabet.

I've always thought making the futhark more suitable for modern languages German, English, etc. would be a good idea. The author of this article suggests that Q and X would be the only runes which would need to be added. Q is easy enough as in the Northumbrian futhorc there is Cweordh rune which makes the sound "kw". I know of no rune which ever made the sound "ks" though, that would have to be made up new.

In the Elder Futhark there are runestaves which represent: f, u, th, a, r, k, g, w, h, n, i, y, p, z, s, t, b, e, m, l, ng, d, and o. These are all single sounds whereas the eihwaz rune makes sound which combines e and i. The only thing the EF lacks for our language is a stave representing the v and sh sounds. In modern English we have Roman characters for combined sounds too as in j (d+zh), q (k+w), and x (k+s). The Latin alphabet also has obsolete letters like c.

In the Younger and Armanen futharks certain runestaves can make both the voiced and unvoiced variants of a sound. Such as:

Fe - f and v
Thurs - th and dh
Kaun - k and g
Sol - s and z
Tyr - t and d
Bjarkan - b and p

This isn't a bad idea since it keeps the rune row from getting too long. The only thing missing here for modern language is a stave making the sh and zh (as in pleasure) sounds. I'd suggest that double sounds like j, q, and x don't really need their own runestaves and could just be written with two runes that each make one sound.

The only problem I see with reforming the futhark for modern use is that it would lack the gravitas of the older systems, it would lack the sense of ancientness or authenticity. Many heathens are slow to accept innovation, but perhaps with good reason. Guido von List's Armanen Futharkh is already 100 years old and is still regarded as "new-fangled" and fake by many people. Though this probably has more to do with the fact that he claims his system is the oldest when it is so clearly based on the Younger Futhark.

Rollo
Wednesday, October 11th, 2006, 09:10 PM
Would it be possible/realistic to replace latin letters by runes in contemporary Icelandic?

Spirit of Fire
Monday, October 16th, 2006, 05:07 AM
Yes please! I have an advantage though in already knowing how to write and read Elder Futhark:) When I need to write a note for my sweetie I always do it in runic. I also found that my poetry had a very different feel when written first in runic. Runic automatic writing is fun too:) Runic was actually quite simple to learn, much more simple than I thought it would be as I have trouble memorizing things but it just fell into place like an old friend.

that is a very good idea! I know people who write teir daily post-it notes with runes (hi Ikki!)

lfhere
Monday, October 16th, 2006, 05:59 AM
Would it be possible/realistic to replace latin letters by runes in contemporary Icelandic?

I know this can be done with the Younger Futhark (http://gamall-steinn.org/IG/younger-futhark.gif).

F - f
r - u, o, , y, v
urs - ,
ss - n, n
Rei - r
Kaun - k, c, g, ng
Hagall - h
Nau - n
ss - i, e, , , j
r - a, , ,
Sl - s, z
Tr - t, d
Bjarkan - b, p
Mar - m
Lgr - l
r - final -r

Rollo
Monday, October 16th, 2006, 04:43 PM
Thanks for the interesting links!
Is it possible to download the runic alphabet somewhere on the internet, and use it to write e-mails etc.?

And what about Gothic? Does anybody here know this language - and how to write it in runes?

ikki
Monday, October 16th, 2006, 06:00 PM
that is a very good idea! I know people who write teir daily post-it notes with runes (hi Ikki!)

lol ;)

Like i did this one job interview, took my notes in runes which they thought was too weird or something.. so i suppose one must only write in runes away from the narrowminded :O

Walvater Wotan's Son
Wednesday, November 15th, 2006, 11:04 AM
It's also known that the runes givin to us by Odin are much more than Phonetic symbols.;)

This is my first post btw :bub

Hello!

Gagnraad
Wednesday, November 15th, 2006, 12:55 PM
It's also known that the runes givin to us by Odin are much more than Phonetic symbols.;)

This is my first post btw :bub

Hello!
Off-topic: Couldn't you post an introduction here? (http://blutundboden.com/forum/newthread.php?do=newthread&f=51)
Would be nice to know something more about you like who you are your interests etc :)

lfhere
Friday, November 24th, 2006, 05:47 PM
Found a rune font which has the complete Younger and A-S Futhorc runes called Gullhornet, it can be downloaded here (http://gandalf.aksis.uib.no/Runefonter/Gullhornet-e.html).

barry
Sunday, January 14th, 2007, 03:54 AM
Hey Rollo, pm me, and i,ll send you a free rune font, i,ve got Anglo-Saxon,
and Elder futhark.
:fehu: :uruz: :thurisas: :ansuz: :raido: :kenaz: :gebo: :wunjo:

BerserkDog
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007, 04:07 AM
Here's a link to a page with a few links to different Rune fonts. http://www.kami.demon.co.uk/gesithas/runes/fonts.html

chrisjqb
Monday, May 7th, 2007, 10:54 AM
Is it possible to download the runic alphabet somewhere on the internet, and use it to write e-mails etc.?

Free unicode font here: Junicode (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junicode)
Code Chart here: unicode.org (http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U16A0.pdf)
Keyboard: dunno, maybe here?: babelstone (http://www.babelstone.co.uk/Keyboards/Runic.html)

chrisjqb
Sunday, May 13th, 2007, 02:58 PM
If you want a rune for each of the 26 latin letters you might instead want to try these:

U+16A8 ᚨ RUNIC LETTER ANSUZ A
U+16AA ᚪ RUNIC LETTER AC A
U+16D2 ᛒ RUNIC LETTER BERKANAN BEORC BJARKAN B
U+16CD ᛍ RUNIC LETTER C
U+16D1 ᛑ RUNIC LETTER D
U+16DE ᛞ RUNIC LETTER DAGAZ DAEG D
U+16C2 ᛂ RUNIC LETTER E
U+16D6 ᛖ RUNIC LETTER EHWAZ EH E
U+16A0 ᚠ RUNIC LETTER FEHU FEOH FE F
U+16B5 ᚵ RUNIC LETTER G
U+16B7 ᚷ RUNIC LETTER GEBO GYFU G
U+16BA ᚺ RUNIC LETTER HAGLAZ H
U+16BB ᚻ RUNIC LETTER HAEGL H
U+16C1 ᛁ RUNIC LETTER ISAZ IS ISS I
U+16C3 ᛃ RUNIC LETTER JERAN J
U+16B4 ᚴ RUNIC LETTER KAUN K
U+16DA ᛚ RUNIC LETTER LAUKAZ LAGU LOGR L
U+16D7 ᛗ RUNIC LETTER MANNAZ MAN M
U+16BE ᚾ RUNIC LETTER NAUDIZ NYD NAUD N
U+16A9 ᚩ RUNIC LETTER OS O
U+16AE ᚮ RUNIC LETTER O
U+16DF ᛟ RUNIC LETTER OTHALAN ETHEL O
U+16C8 ᛈ RUNIC LETTER PERTHO PEORTH P
U+16E9 ᛩ RUNIC LETTER Q
U+16B1 ᚱ RUNIC LETTER RAIDO RAD REID R
U+16CA ᛊ RUNIC LETTER SOWILO S
U+16CF ᛏ RUNIC LETTER TIWAZ TIR TYR T
U+16A2 ᚢ RUNIC LETTER URUZ UR U
U+16A1 ᚡ RUNIC LETTER V
U+16A5 ᚥ RUNIC LETTER W
U+16B9 ᚹ RUNIC LETTER WUNJO WYNN W
U+16EA ᛪ RUNIC LETTER X
U+16A4 ᚤ RUNIC LETTER Y
U+16CE ᛎ RUNIC LETTER Z

These are from the unicode runes those that have a simple latin letter as one of their names and are not long-branche, short-twig, dotted, or open.

Now which A, D, E, G, H, O, W ?

Edenkoben
Monday, May 14th, 2007, 03:52 AM
Found a rune font which has the complete Younger and A-S Futhorc runes called Gullhornet, it can be downloaded here (http://gandalf.aksis.uib.no/Runefonter/Gullhornet-e.html).

Vielen Dank Torquil!

Mac users, this downloads in a blink and integrated seamlessly into my Word for Mac program. You'll need to experiment a bit w/ caps on and off (e.g. Thurisaz is cap-Q). These are very crisp and clean looking fonts.

chrisjqb
Tuesday, May 15th, 2007, 05:52 PM
I made a UniPad keyboard with the Elder Futhark runes in querty layout.
http://www.xs4all.nl/~ctjacobs/QuertyFuthark.htm

UniPad is expensive if you need to register it, but the evaluation mode is quite good.