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Germanic Magic: A Basic Primer on Galdor, Runes, Spa, and Herbs [Paperback]

Swain Wodening
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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (25 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419633562
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419633560
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,680,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A better Rune Book. 18 Oct 2009
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This is a book that is fairly well researched and contains information on Runes, Galdr, Soul Lore, Utesita, Mound Sitting, Seidr/Spa, Faring Forth and Anglo-Saxon Witchcraft. Written in an easily readable style it covers alot of ground, explaining the traditional lore whilst examining modern interpretations without confusing them both. based from a Heathen/Theodish perspective it places the runes in their true historical and cultural context. There is alot that appears to be taken from the enlatheod.org website available for free and much is repeated in some of the authors other books. Still, not a bad read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners, but others will find little of value 25 Aug 2007
By Joseph Bloch - Published on Amazon.com
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"Germanic Magic" is fine in its way, but in my opinion, it fails to be outstanding because it does not seem to add anything to the discussion of Germanic magic. I can't find anything within it that isn't covered in a half-dozen other books or websites (including the author's own). Certainly if "Germanic Magic" is to be your first exposure to the subject, there is nothing within it that is particularly *bad*. A beginner can by all means buy it and do well for herself. The problem is that there is nothing within it that's particularly outstanding, and if you have already read a few other reputable books on the subject, and/or have done extensive research on the web, you might be disappointed that there wasn't more original work to be found. But as I say, there's nothing inherently wrong with it, either.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Germanic use of runes, galdor and spa 11 Oct 2008
By W. Ruck - Published on Amazon.com
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Swain Wodening's book is a fabulous compendium of information on runes, spa also called sidhr, and rune galdoring. It is a must have for anyone interested in the use of any of the above. Loved the book!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars I would have liked to like this more 16 Dec 2010
By Ell Bee - Published on Amazon.com
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Mr. Wodening obviously knows his subject, and covers it well. If the information in his rune-meaning section is widely available from many sources, and in consequence he seems bored in presenting it, his research is solid. However, his approach to other subjects (specific practices and herbal lists, for instance) is much more engaged, and consequently more engaging. If you are searching for your first rune-meanings book, pass this up in favor of Galina Krasskova's "Runes: Theory and Practice."Runes:: Theory & Practice

However, he seems to believe that the Proofreading Fairy does not need to be invoked on behalf of Germanic magic. Evidence of this begins with a complete howler in the dedication, and proceeds to missing words, erratic punctuation, a second howler in discussion of alliteration, pronouns which wander between "one" and "they," and repetitious definitions. Missing definitions of critical unfamiliar terms are not nearly so frequent, but they do occur.

The bottom line is that I would recommend this book, howlers and all, except as an introduction to runes. It is solidly researched, and if Mr. Wodening does not seem to be much of a writer, his information is still extremely valuable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Old Teuton's review 11 Sep 2009
By Old Teuton - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting book. Some old stuff and new twists on old stuff. The author discusses some forms of the old ways in more detail than other contemporary authors. Worth the read.
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