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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 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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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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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Very informative. Basic and to the point. Easy to grasp and understand. Information regarding the runic cosmology and "soul" very intriguing.
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Interesting information on Rune Magic for those interest in the whys and what fore, didn't explain or show enough of runes and their meaning
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Edred Thorsson is one of the foremost experts I know in rune magic. His book is scholarly and very well fundamented. His knowledge and understanding of Norse and Germanic languages, mythology and cosmology is made clear in this book, which deals mainly with runic archetypes and runic talismans. In this book you will find interesting and profound rituals/meditations to attune yourself to the runic archetypes and memes. THIS BOOK DOES NOT INCLUDE DIVINATION TECHNIQUES, which I find a positive point, just as a good book on astrology should not include 'general' horoscopes.
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Good book. Well written and intelligent. Good place to start for runic studies.
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This is by far the best book on the rune tradition as a magical system I have come across. Despite the rumors of Edred being a mere Satanist I urge any serious studier of rune magic to read this book. In reality Edred is a member of the Temple of Set, seen by some uninformed as a satanic group. Beyond it's dark exterior, if one looks into the Temple, they will find the purpose behind them is to find the light within that darkness, and the personal empowerment this brings. It's not about cursing and killing. It's about personal improvement through research of magic in various different traditions. This holds true of Thorsson's books. What he has written is well researched, and is much more competent than most of the sources out there. This particular work is a little advanced for some. If you are unfamiliar with the subject you may wish to start with a more intorductory work first. Futhark will still be of use to a student of any range, but a beginner may have a little trouble following concepts presented here. All in all I give this my best rating. If you are looking for a book based on Norse religious faith, try his works on Troth. Futhark is centered more on just the runic forces.
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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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This book is a classic of runeology and an excellent primer for those interrested in rune magic. The translations and meanings are on target. The exercises are good, and explinations of rune magic make it understandable.
However, Edred Thorsson has a rather dry, dull writing style that does make the good content difficult to follow at times, and it drags.
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