On the Origins of the Runes - Symbols, Mysteries and Magico-religious Concepts

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On the Origins of the Runes - Symbols, Mysteries and Magico-religious Concepts

On the Origins of the Runes - Symbols, Mysteries and Magico-religious Concepts

One of the most shrouded mysteries of the rune alphabet is its early history. As a matter of fact, no-one really knows how the Elder Futhark came to be. We know that the runes exist and were used by the Ancient Germanic people, but where did they come from?

Codex runicus, a vellum manuscript from c. 1300 containing one of the oldest and best preserved texts of the Scanian law (Skånske lov), written entirely in runes.

Codex runicus, a vellum manuscript from c. 1300 containing one of the oldest and best preserved texts of the Scanian law (Skånske lov), written entirely in runes. (Public Domain)

Rock Engravings

The first visible traces of a Northern European mystery tradition date from the Bronze Age. All over Scandinavia engravings decorate the surface of rocks. Engravings are often found on one and the same location, sometimes overlapping. Such locations were frequented year after year, generation after generation, and must have been sacred sites.


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