The Runes of Elfland

The Runes of Elfland

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ISBN-13: 9781862056473
Publisher: Gardners Books
Publication date: 11/05/2003
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

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The Runes of Elfland 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can I say? On one page I held my breath. On another, I lost it. One page left me in tears, the longing and the recognition were so poignant. When I went to look for that page again, I couldn't find it, like the gold under the rainbow. It will happen to you. At some point you'll discover the page that haunts your dreams, describes your world, or makes you smile. Ari Berk's exquisitely informed text and Froud's always extraordinary pictures combine to open the world you know is there but have forgotten how to see. The runes, charms, and stories delineate the bargains, the sorrows, and the treasures of the journey. Get this book. Get copies for your friends. If you've ever heard the voices under your bed and wanted to know their names, or wept at a sunset for no reason, or considered walking through the door at the back of the wardrobe, just in case--get this book. They're playing your song.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be another excellent addition to my mounting library of Froud books and collectables. Not only is it rich with art and beautiful imagery, but is also immersed in meaning and metaphor. The person holding this book holds in their hands the 'keys' to the Faery Kingdom. It is an exploration of the World around us, as well as the inner and outer landscapes of human consciousness. For anyone seeking to learn more about the Runes and their uses this book is invaluable. Not only does it give well delivered and hidden insights as to working with these complex magickal symbols but as well it makes it simple and a joy to understand. All seriousness aside, this is a fun book to read and I suspect for people of all ages and interests. Great artwork (again), fantastic tales, metaphors, lore and practical uses. This one has it all. Recommended above all others.
PacificBlue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brian Froud's books - well, I buy them for the art
juglicerr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a lavishly illustrated book about the meanings of runes. (As in Norse runes). This considers the runes individually, it does not include layouts as for fortune telling. There is also a layout of the entire alphabet with the latin equivalents.The book begins with several essays about runes, and then devotes four pages to each of the twenty-four runes. They are named by their meaning, not the rune names. Each includes a charm, stories relating to the rune, and then a section on "The Gift". Froud scatters the pages with pictures of elves/goblins. Each rune also has a full page, full color drawing relating to rune's meaning.
Ravenari on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This isn't Froud's best book, which is a shame, as I am a great fan of runes in general. I felt that the artwork wasn't up to par in a lot of the illustrations, and that there is something detached and overly wordy about the actual book itself. I would only recommend it for hardcore Froud fans.