The Rune Primerby Sweyn Plowright
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Sorting fact from fiction about runes has become increasingly difficult in recent years. The number of rune books has multiplied, but the majority of them are based on speculation, or even complete fantasy, and are often contradictory and confusing. Some readers may be content to settle for these, but a growing number of rune students have been asking for a basic factual foundation so that they can judge for themselves the reliablility of the information in the esoteric rune books. The Rune Primer at last bridges the gap between the dry, complex, and expensive academic works, and the less reliable esoteric and New Age books about rune magic and divination. This book makes the old sources accessible, with translations of the rune poems, and the historical information presented in plain English. It also traces many of the recently invented rune myths to their sources, reviews some of the most popular authors, and explains the ideas behind some of the modern esoteric rune systems.
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I did learn a few things of use but, by and large, it reads like a rant against most other sources. Not a great, just a good book that points out what i should have purchased instead.
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.
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.