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European Heritage Library - European history, cultures, historical memory, and European and immigrant identitiesThe ancient Germanic Runic alphabet and Runestones, their possible civilization origins, and their historic influence by James Mayfield (Chairman, European Heritage Library) Print this Article • About the Author • Bibliography/Sources This article is about the ancient Germanic religious culture and their creation of the Runic alphabet and many historic Runestone artifacts throughout Scandinavia, the British Isles, and Europe.
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Feoh byþ frofur fira gehwylcum; sceal ðeah manna gehwylc miclun hyt dælan gif he wile for drihtne domes hleotan. Ur byþ anmod ond oferhyrned, felafrecne deor, feohteþ mid hornum mære morstapa; þæt is modig wuht. þorn byþ ðearle scearp; ðegna gehwylcum anfeng ys yfyl, ungemetum reþe manna gehwelcum, ðe him mid resteð. Os byþ ordfruma ælere spræce, wisdomes wraþu ond witena frofur and eorla gehwam eadnys ond tohiht.
Note: This article contains special characters. This articles is about the glyphs known as runes, for the Led Zeppelin album that is sometimes known by this name, see Led Zeppelin IV. The Runic alphabets are a set of related alphabets using letters known as runes , formerly used to write Germanic languages, mainly in Scandinavia and the British Isles. In all their varieties they may be considered an ancient writing system of Northern Europe. The Scandinavian version is known as Futhark (derived from its first six letters: 'F', 'U' 'Th', 'A', 'R', and 'K'), and the Anglo-Saxon version as Futhorc (also so named after its first letters).
Runic alphabets provided a brief background about the mystical lettering systems used by the Germanic people in ancient and medieval times. Variations of the Runes Rune Magic The runes were set of Germanic alphabets that were used by the North German tribes, from the 2nd century BC to the 13th century AD. The runic alphabets were often called "Futhark", which is derived from the first six runic letters of the runic alphabets (F-U-TH-A-R-K).
Odinism is the name we give to the original, indigenous form of heathen religion practised by our forefathers, the Angles, Saxons and Jutes, and by the related Teutonic peoples of the Continent. It is, accordingly, the ancestral, native religion of the English people, and, as such, our very own spiritual heritage. Odinism is an ancient religion whose origins are lost in the mists of time, but it has been restored in recent decades by those who believe it offers a solution to modern Man's spiritual crisis. The terms 'heathen' and 'pagan' are synonymous and interchangeable, and refer to any of those religions practised in the earliest phases of a nation's or people's history. One feature common to all the earliest forms of religion known to Man is polytheism, the belief in many gods and goddesses.
RUNECRAFT: Historical Background Woden, Odin and the Runes On a chalk down, in the south of England, a dark figure stands in the shadows, watching; shrouded in a deathly black cloak, his face hidden by a wide brimmed hat, revealing only one wisdom filled eye and his unkempt grey beard.