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Posted December 13, 2006
Stop looking for a better book on runes. This is the one you want. Full stop. I studied Old English and read a number of the works in Old English when I was in graduate school a long time ago. I have also read a number of other books on runes over the years, and own at least a half- dozen. I have not seen a better one. This book is honest and accurate and faithful to the original texts. It is factually based on the original rune poems of several languages, which it includes, along with crystal clear translations [particularly of the Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem]. Some might not appreciate Plowright's debunking of certain modern misconceptions about runes [especially if you have held them yourself], but to his credit, he doesn't add any new ones and you're free to ignore that part. A short book [150 pages], it is nonetheless full of solid material. Thanks, Sweyn Plowright.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 14, 2007
Ever wondered how much of the rune craze is New Age fiction? The Rune Primer brings the academic facts into focus with verifiable academic research. Original old sources are translated, modern authors are reviewed, and current urban myths busted. Yet the book is aimed at those with an esoteric interest in the runes, and offers them the most benefit. After reading it, I felt on much more solid ground, and able to dig out the factual veins from between the slabs of fantasy in the runic genre.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.