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  • Paperback: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser (Dec 3 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877285489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877285489
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Edred Thorsson is an American Runologist and proponent of occultism and Germanic mysticism. He received his doctorate in Germanic languages and Medieval Studies from the University of Texas and has published over two dozen on Esoteric Runology. He lives in Texas. Visit him at: www.runaraven.com.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tyr Shadowblade (TM) on March 28 2003
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This book is REQUIRED READING for those who would dare seek true knowledge of the runes. Other books purporting to reveal the mysteries of the runes are best left to the New Agers -- this is the real deal. Be advised that even though this "introductory" text is "for beginners," it is only for those who truely wish to KNOW. There is no mass-market fluff here! Although I am not entirely in agreement with the teachings of Mister Flowers (Thorsson) and the Rune-Guild, this is, by far, the best book I've seen on the subject matter . . . better even than "Thorsson's" later books for more advanced studies. He has written a number of books on the runes, and, even though I have a working knowledge of runelore myself, a few of them were difficult to read. Fortunately, "Futhark" is not one of them. The only real criticism I have is that, personally, I find the concept of "runic postures" rather silly. Visualize them, carve them, stain them with your blood -- but don't go striking a pose! Aside from that, this was an excellent book, and I recommend it highly.
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This book first came out in the late 1980's, and many rune magicians still consider it a classic. Several later authors, including Gundarsson, have been inspired by _Futhark_ to some extent.
Thorsson discusses the meanings and magical uses of each rune in detail, backing them with references from Norse pagan texts and Germanic folklore. He does occasionally allude to other esoteric traditions, but this doesn't feel as intrusive as it does in some other books. (My only complaint here is the table of astrological and Tarot correspondences at the end of the book; the runes, in my opinion, should be able to stand on their own as a magical system.)
I would still recommend this book ten years after I first bought it, although Thorsson's language may be too dry and academic for popular readers.
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By Christopher Crittenden on Sept. 5 2001
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I love the fact that the author does not fall into the trap that many other authors do regarding the runes, that is, trying to please the "fluff-bunnies" of the pagan community. He presents this ancient practice in the context of the time and culture in which it was practiced, namely the periods immediately before, during, and after the Viking/Germanic expansions in a time of brave warriors, powerful kings, and wise, holy people. The runic system is designed for people who want to take control of their lives and the forces around them to do so. You will not find "peace, love, and vegetarianism" in this work. You will find self confidence, personal power, and conectedness to all things in the multiverse. Is that what you want? Then buy this book.
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By A Customer on Aug. 8 1999
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I am an Asatru, one who gives troth to the Norse/Germanic deities.This is by far one of the best books I've ever read on the runes, and you can feel the spirit of Odin as you read it.Everything written was backed by saga accounts. I especially liked the rune-spell "Draught of Wisdom", which is back up by a saga account of the great hero Sigurd drinking a rune infused cup of ale given to him by a valkerie.I feel the runes are a great tool for inspiration and self improvement as they give focus and tap into the cosmos.Hail Odin, winner of the Runes!
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By A Customer on Jan. 10 1999
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Edred Thorsson, the Drighten of the Rune-Gild, is without a doubt the leader in teaching modern Rnecraft. This book, although written in the mid 70's, has stood the test of time. It is written with the clarity that anyone, novice or adept alike, can access and use the material contained within its covers. Well worth double its current price. I advise you to purchase other titles by Thorsson, and even join the Rune-Gild. May Odin grant you wisdom, may Thor protect you, and may Loki give you laughter along your journey through the 9 worlds!
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Edred Thorsson doesn't create an aire of mystery and "can't touch" like so many others have. And he keeps his facts straight from one book to the other. Giving a concise history and explaination of the Runes, from their earliest uses and possible uses to the Third Reich in his other book, Rune Might. Definately, if you are interested in studying the Runes and don't want the flotsum of someone who doesn't have all the facts, then by all means, read his books. They give you practical understanding that goes beyond surface information
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By A Customer on Sept. 15 2000
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Runelore, as well as this work, are a MUST for those wanting to reclaim that portion of their holy heritage that encompasses the might and magic of the runes. To those familar with the word Magus, that is often applied to Crowley and his works, Thorsson then can be perceived in the same light as THE MAGUS of the rune's of modern day. 'Dry' is often used when referring to his works, but to those who are discerning, this word is replaced instead by MAGNETIC, for he masterfully expresses the words of Odhinn, the All-Father!
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An absolute must have for anyone serious into the study of Runic Magick! Edred may be dry, and scholary, but that is what is needed for serious study of the runes. Any book by Thorsson is highly recommended. If you can tolerate his arrogance, then you too can learn from the master, I have, and this is one of the first books I give to my students who are serious about the runes. Leave Ralph Blum for the airy-fairy, all-is-light, I-don't-care-what-the-facts-are, no-nothings.
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