The Rune Primerby Sweyn Plowright
Historical facts about the runes in plain English. This book looks at what we really know about them and how we know it. There is also a discussion of the popular authors of esoteric runology, and a chapter exposing the myths and misconceptions about runes perpetuated in many popular rune manuals. The Primer will provide you with a basic factual foundation of rune… See more details below
Historical facts about the runes in plain English. This book looks at what we really know about them and how we know it. There is also a discussion of the popular authors of esoteric runology, and a chapter exposing the myths and misconceptions about runes perpetuated in many popular rune manuals. The Primer will provide you with a basic factual foundation of rune knowledge, and enable you to sort the useful gems from the rubbish in your future investigations.
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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.