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Monday, August 30, 2010

Writing in Runes

When creating a spell, runes can always be a good way to write words out, or use as symbols.

If you're using the runes for their described meanings, then there really is nothing to worry about - as you won't shouldn't be doubling them. But when you're writing a word, how exactly are you supposed to go about it?

Well, first off, go to your list of runes, their meanings and associated letters/sounds.

Depending on the Futhark that you're using, you have several options for vowels. If you're using the Elder Futhark, the letters are pretty straightforward; but if you're using the Anglo-Saxon Futhark - there's more room for variation. There are more runes that are associated with the vowels in that Futhark.

For the sake of simplicity, I'll stick with the Elder Futhark here.

The first rule, is that runes do not double!
Secondly, letter combinations like Th or Ng should use the appropriate rune. You shouldn't be using two runes for those combinations.

Be careful about mixing up "e" and "m". The runes Mann and Eh look similar (Eh actually looks like an 'm') but Mann has an extra line. So make sure you're using the correct rune.

In the Elder Futhark, Wunjo, Jera and Kenaz have multiple letters.

When using Wunjo or Jera for the letter y, think of how it's used. Use Jera for for the more vocal, throaty sound.  Giefu/Gebo can also be used for y, and is more along the lines of Wunjo's usage. If you have more than one choice, take the meaning of the word or your final goal into account and see if you can work it out that way. You can also go with your intuition about what's right.

2 comments:

  1. I love runes and have considered using them to write spells with. So thank you for this post.

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