Runes and the Origins of Writing

Runes and the Origins of Writing

by Alain de Benoist


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In this wide-ranging yet concise study, Alain de Benoist brings his incisive intelligence and wide erudition to bear on the fiercely debated subject of the mysterious origin and practical and magical functions of runes, providing the reader with a thorough grounding in the potential origin points and evolutions of the Fuþark.

Runes and the Origins of Writing carries its reader on an archaeological and anthropological journey through an enigmatic past, giving to layman and academic alike unique insight into the history of this archaic script, and others like it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781912079117
Publisher: Arktos Media Ltd
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Alain de Benoist is the leading philosopher behind the European "New Right" movement (a label which Benoist himself rejects, perceiving himself as falling outside the usual Left/Right dichotomy), a metapolitical school of thought which he helped to found in France in 1968 with the establishment of GRECE (Research and Study Group for European Civilisation). He continues to write and give lectures and interviews. He lives in Paris. Arktos has previously published his books The Problem of Democracy (2011), Beyond Human Rights (2011), Carl Schmitt Today (2013), and On the Brink of the Abyss (2015).

Table of Contents

Part I

Writing and Oral Tradition

Runic Writing

The Characteristics of Fuþark

Runic Inscriptions

The Oldest Inscriptions

Inscriptions on Wood

The Origin Issue

The Latin Theory

The Greek Theory

The North Italic Theory

The Contribution of Linguistics

Provisional Appraisal

Part II

Attempts at Explanation

Symbols and “Pre-Writings”

The Debate On “Magic”

The Word “Rune”

Divination and Oracular Use

“Magic” Vocabulary

Óðinn and the “Divine Origin” of the Runes

Runic Magic in Sagas — The Runesmith

Part III

The Three Phases of the Moon

Eight and Nine

The Norns, the Parcae and the Moirai

The Homology Between Day and Year

The Rune for The Word “Year”

Asterisms and Constellations

Part IV

“Phoinika Grammata”

From the Phoenicians to the Greeks

Before the Phoenicians

The Phoenician Alphabet

The Sea Peoples

From the Philistines to the Phoenicians

The Etruscans

From Etruscan to Latin


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