The Runes of Elfland

The Runes of Elfland

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by Brian Froud, Ari Berk
     
 

In 24 never-before-seen paintings, best-selling fantasy artist Brian Froud interprets the ancient and mystical runes of Celtic and European origin through Elfland, a world of faeries and myth. Each painting is inspired by a specific rune, richly symbolic and potent icons open to infinite interpretations. In the hands of the exceptional folklorist and poet

Overview

In 24 never-before-seen paintings, best-selling fantasy artist Brian Froud interprets the ancient and mystical runes of Celtic and European origin through Elfland, a world of faeries and myth. Each painting is inspired by a specific rune, richly symbolic and potent icons open to infinite interpretations. In the hands of the exceptional folklorist and poet Ari Berk, the secret meanings of these runes are revealed and their power is made manifest. In the pages of this book a single symbol provides the visual key to a host of mythic stories, lands, and adventures. By using the runes and Froud's paintings as tools to explore both the “seen” and the “unseen” world, readers of The Runes of Elfland will be inspired to reimagine their own lives and tell their own tales. Both storybook and oracle, Runes of Elfland provides a wellspring of personal insight for the Froud fan and the Faery aficionado.

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Award-winning illustrator Brian Froud (Faeries, The Faeries' Oracle, Good Faeries/Bad Faeries, etc.) has teamed up with folklore and mythology scholar Ari Berk to create The Runes of Elfland, an exploration of sorts into the narrative and artistic interpretations of mystical Celtic runes.

Featuring 24 new full-color, rune-inspired paintings and dozens of black-and-white sketches by Froud, as well as more than 100 pages of the folklore and mythology surrounding each rune, this book if packed with notable legends, such as the Birch Mother, the Woman of the Marsh, the Ever-Living, the Green Girl of the Birches, and the Day-Child.

The Runes of Elfland is a perfect gift book for anyone who enjoys Celtic folklore and mythology, as well as for those interested in faeries and fantasy. Froud fanatics will treasure this offering, which is both art book and folklore collection. "A single word can be a world and every letter a land. A rune drawn upon the ground can have curious consequences, might invite adventure, may open ancient doors. Here are the Runes of Elfland. Here are the songs of the shining lands. Here are signs of crossing and threshold. Here are stories of fate and illumination. Chant the charm, tell the tale, and step across…" Paul Goat Allen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435109070
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
04/11/2008
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
8.36(w) x 10.28(h) x 0.64(d)

Meet the Author

Brian Froud is an award-winning illustrator, author, and Faery authority. His books include international best-sellers such as Faeries, with Alan Lee; Lady Cottington's Pressed Faery Book, with Monty Python's Terry Jones; Lady Cottington's Fairy Album; and The Faeries Oracle. He also served as the conceptual designer on Jim Henson's films The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. Froud resides in Devon, England, with his wife and son. Ari Berk is an artist, poet, and teacher of mythology, folklore, American Indian studies, and medieval literature. He has published works on rune lore, faerie stories, the Wild Hunt, landscape and myth, and many other topics. Dr. Berk is a professor of literature at Central Michigan University.

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The Runes of Elfland 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Brigit More than 1 year ago
I was given this book as a Christmas present and was instantly entranced and intrigued by it. The illustrations are exceptional and speak volumes without saying a thing. The messages written in runes are fun to decode. The stories that relate to each of the runes are very old tales that teach us life lessons. The charms for each rune have the power to open your mind to learn the lesson of the rune and receive its gift. This book helps to reunite you with the natural and magical world that is all around us and that we normally plod through without giving a second look. It is a must read for any one who has a love for the faery world and/or runes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first stumbled upon this book at the bookstore, I knew it was special. After just reading the first few pages I was hooked. Brian Froud and Ari Berk have woven a rich, beautiful guide for anyone to understand nature, life, and the mysterious power of the runes. After reading this book, you will never look at the world the same way again. You will see hidden secrets and meanings in every stone, tree, river and creature that you never saw before. For a long while, many of us had forgotten the magic of nature and the runes. Now, with this book as your guide, you will have a better understanding of the world, and yourself.