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Runes and Runic Inscriptions: Collected Essays on Anglo-Saxon and Viking Runes [Hardcover]

R. I. Page , David Parsons , Carl T. Berkhout
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24 Aug 1995 0851153879 978-0851153872
This volume of 23 essays on the subject of runes, ranges from detailed discussion of the forms of particular runes in the runic alphabet and the interpretations of individual inscriptions (the Rothwell Cross and the Franks casket), to the wider matters on which runes throw light, such as magic, paganism, literacy and linguistic change. The articles, arranged chronologically, examine the question of runes from a variety of standpoints, but focus primarily on the use and development of the script among the Anglo-Saxons, and explore the history of scholarship in this field. The essays also include studies of Scandinavian inscriptions in England and on the Isle of Man.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: The Boydell Press (24 Aug 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851153879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851153872
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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4.0 out of 5 stars An insight into the magical world of runes 28 Aug 2002
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This book was usful to me even though i'm a begginer. it showed me runes are all about and it all inspired me. a good read for people who like to learn and obviously are interested in runes. i only wish i'd bought it cheaper on here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reality Check 12 Jan 2008
By S. Plowright - Published on
With all of the popular New-Age and cultist books on runes out there, it is often difficult to spot the facts in a growing tide of fantasy. By all means practice your esoteric ideas as you wish, but at least have enough respect for the real and historical runes to read some of Page's books first.

Professor Page has been a foremost authority on the runes for more than quarter of a century, and this collection of essays is a sampling of an illustrious career. It is also gives a thorough and accurate description of many of the inscriptions and contexts in which runes are found.

If you are unfamiliar with the academic study of runes, you may want to start with his easier and cheaper introduction "Runes (Reading the Past, Vol 4)".

The Rune Primer: A Down to Earth Guide to the Runes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection of hard-to-find essays! 12 Jun 1999
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Anything by Prof. Page is good! This book is a collection of some of his harder-to-find essays on runes, spanning a number of decades. I treasure my copy, and recommend it most highly to the serious student of runes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but esoteric reference book 21 Dec 2010
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A terrific book and well written on the subject of runes. If you are into this, it is a must have for your bookshelf.
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