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    Exclamation Looking for Inspiration

    I'm working on carving a drinking horn, which has a straight band around the middle to contain a sentence, name or phrase to be written in runes. The problem is, I don't really know what to put that seems appropriate. Song lyrics feel hollow and overused, and in trying to find a meaningful phrase I'm not looking in the right places.
    Anybody care to share some favorite phrases or words or other places of inspiration?

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    Interesting idea.

    But to help you in any way it would be useful to know what you would consider 'appropiate' and 'meaningful'
    I mean some hints into a general direction, should it be connected with drinking phrases, or something 'wise'? And what kind of music do you listen, when you think song lyrics are hollow? Maybe you just listen to the wrong music?
    Ein Leben ist nichts, deine Sprosse sind alles
    Aller Sturm nimmt nichts, weil dein Wurzelgriff zu stark ist
    und endet meine Frist, weiss ich dass du noch da bist
    Gefürchtet von der Zeit, mein Baum, mein Stamm in Ewigkeit

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    Oh sorry for the vagueness, and thank you for pointing that out. i guess i'm looking for somehting connected to Odin or wise as you stated. As for music, Amon Amarth was just blasting, followed by Days of the New and Metallica. *laughs*
    Lyrics probably seem hollow right now because non of the songs on my iPod (which is over 2500 on shuffle mode) are sticking with me or seem to say anything at this point in time.

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    One I used..........

    A dozen years ago, I carved Runes on a Horn to be use by our Asatru Kindred.
    I used a spiral band circling down the Horn.

    The legend was:"True to Our Oath: True to our Troth: True to our Kin:"

    We still use that Drinking Horn, at Blot, from time to time. It has meaning to each of us.
    Use some words from your Heart, as well as your Mind.
    Phrase a Belief. Make a Boast to your Spiritual direction.
    Many personal thoughts are inscribed on Horns.
    Are you alone to be using it? Or, are you to be sharing it?
    Good Luck! Good Thoughts!

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    Grimsteinr gave you some very good advices... His example also is fine.

    I'm thinking myself of "Wotan mit uns" (translated in your own language), which is a very self-explaining and inspiring motto.

    Sentences of the Havamal are rather long, but perhaps you could look and isolate some meaningful words.
    The Stranger within my gates, he may be evil or good, but I cannot tell what powers control - what reasons sway his mood;
    Nor when the Gods of his far-off land shall repossess his blood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimsteinr
    Use some words from your Heart, as well as your Mind.
    Phrase a Belief. Make a Boast to your Spiritual direction.
    I want to second this one.
    It is actually the best advice to use words that come from your heart and mind.

    Havamal may be a good inspiration to think about, and then write down what you think (let it flow), collect it over some days and then see what you have. I'm sure you will find or create a phrase that will accompany your life then.
    Ein Leben ist nichts, deine Sprosse sind alles
    Aller Sturm nimmt nichts, weil dein Wurzelgriff zu stark ist
    und endet meine Frist, weiss ich dass du noch da bist
    Gefürchtet von der Zeit, mein Baum, mein Stamm in Ewigkeit

    my signature

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    Thank you so much, you suggestions really helped.

    Grimsteinr, would love to see any pictures of the horn you may have

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    Glad to help.......

    Quote Originally Posted by apwordsmith View Post
    Thank you so much, you suggestions really helped.

    Grimsteiner, would love to see any pictures of the horn you may have
    I'm always glad to give any help, I can.
    Sorry, I can't do pics. The Horn is from American longhorn cattle, one of a pair, we use for our Kindred Blots. Each of them is about 23 to 24 inches, around the outside of the curve. Mouth is about 4 1/2 inches. It holds close to 30 ounces liquid. Tip half is black and shades to white at the top.This pair of Horns is Runically carved with the Kindred Name

    Inside curve near the top is carved a large Elhaz Rune, on both Horns.
    Outside curve near the top is carved large ALU Runes, (Ansuz, Raidho, Uruz).
    (I put that on nearly all the Horns I have Runed for use or sale, over the years. Always the ALU Runes, but sometimes instead of Elhaz Rune, a large Hammer sign or a Sum Wheel.) I have carved many, over the years. And frequently at a large Folk Moot or "Organizational Thing", someone will come up to me and show me one of the Horns I've prepped and Carve Runes on, still in use, several years hence.
    It's a good feeling.

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    What do you use for sealing the inside of the horns? bees wax?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimsteinr View Post
    I'm always glad to give any help, I can.
    Sorry, I can't do pics. The Horn is from American longhorn cattle, one of a pair, we use for our Kindred Blots. Each of them is about 23 to 24 inches, around the outside of the curve. Mouth is about 4 1/2 inches. It holds close to 30 ounces liquid. Tip half is black and shades to white at the top.This pair of Horns is Runically carved with the Kindred Name

    Inside curve near the top is carved a large Elhaz Rune, on both Horns.
    Outside curve near the top is carved large ALU Runes, (Ansuz, Raidho, Uruz).
    (I put that on nearly all the Horns I have Runed for use or sale, over the years. Always the ALU Runes, but sometimes instead of Elhaz Rune, a large Hammer sign or a Sum Wheel.) I have carved many, over the years. And frequently at a large Folk Moot or "Organizational Thing", someone will come up to me and show me one of the Horns I've prepped and Carve Runes on, still in use, several years hence.
    It's a good feeling.
    Wow. Thank you for the detail! Must admit your words have inspired me to try something different from what I've been doing and go for the ambitious full scene carving. How wonderful to see your work appreciated after many years!

    On a different note, have you been to the Bristol Renn Faire in Wisconsin?

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