Memory of Younger Runes

ᚠ – Fe is domestic,

ᚢ – Ur is chaotic,

ᚦ – Thurs is both for the good and the bad.

ᚬ – Oss is for breathing,

ᚱ – Reid is for riding,

ᚴ – Kaun is the torch that burns all around.

ᚼ – Hagal is harshness,

ᚾ – Naud is resistance,

I – Is marks the silence frozen in time.

ᛅ – Ar is the cycle,

ᛋ – Sol is the sun-flow,

ᛏ – Tyr is the pillar holding the sky.

ᛒ – Bjarkan is whitest,

ᛘ – Madr is wisest,

ᛚ – Lagu is water, tides, and the moon.

ᛦ – Yr is the crossroads,

A path you must choose,

One path you win and one path you lose.

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  1. The Younger runes are definitely more mysterious when approached from a background in the Elder runes, but there were a few connections I noticed that started to make things a little easier. Mainly I started looking at the words themselves and then filling the gaps between all the missing or absorbed runes. It seems the Younger runes paint a slightly different picture than the Elder runes, but all in all it still shows a pretty clear cyclical pattern.

    The AS runes and their companions are the next ones I’ll be covering. I’m really looking forward to focusing on them for a bit.

    As for Uthark, I found that to be a very interesting theory, although I haven’t experimented with it enough to feel a strong connection with it.

    Armamen I’ve researched but it just never stuck to me as a main point of interest, although later on I will likely be analyzing them as well.

    Hopefully this poem helps put a basic framework to the Younger runes for those who are looking to learn them.

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    1. I don’t know if you ever listen to Brute Norse, but their episode on “The Northman” proposed a theory. That Vitkar agreed to shrink the Elder Futhark and alter the Runescape to remystify Runes, in that Runic literacy might have destroyed some of the esoterica and reduced the power of initiated v/ uninitiated.

      I’ll look forward to your A-S coverage. I use those in my personal life. I find they resonate more strongly because, maybe, being of English stock and speaking English predispose me to the aettir of that row. I also find the extended Northumbrian Aett is illuminating and jives with my own personal beliefs above and beyond what the Elder Futhark points to. Almost like we were made for each other, he said smiling wryly to himself.

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  2. I definitely agree, the AS and EF are near mirror images, but as you said, there’s some inherently English and also Celtic influence there that makes them unique, especially to those who used them. I also enjoy the Northumbrian additions a lot, Stan and Gar are runes I use often.

    I am familiar with Brute Norse but I’m not sure if I have heard that one, I like the theory I think it holds weight. In that respect, that’s where I have a cognitive dissonance within, as I also enjoy putting the information out there for those who want it, although I feel the knowledge is meant to be secluded to a select few.

    My thought is only the select few will really go searching, and even fewer will dive headfirst into the Well once they find the runes.

    It’s hard to say what really happened, but I have a hard time imagining rune literacy was that widespread at the time as we haven’t found enough evidence in writing or in artifacts. Although, that would probably explain the many inscriptions merely stating that “I, so and so, wrote the runes.” Haha

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      1. Ek Kambi. I think, was my favourite of the mundane Rune carvings. I also enjoyed reading about the Varangian graffiti in the fancy churches. “Rolf wuz heer.” I’d imagine, with the A-S using some curvier staves, that it would be harder to carve some of them.

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