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Teutonic Magic: A Guide to Germanic Divination, Lore and Magic (Llewellyn's Teutonic Magick Series) Paperback – Jan 1991

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S. (Jan. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875422918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875422916
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 857,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
The author who's membership of the Rune Gild (Odianism) and the Troth (Asatru), has written a book that is based on fantasy rather than fact. A quick look and comparison with academic works concerning the runes and the culture that they sprung from, shows this work to be lacking in any accurate detail. There seems to be more interest in producing another 'new age' manual rather than being concerned with ones true heritage. Sadly you're better off saving your money, this is a terrible book. What ever you're interests, there are better books out there.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
A classic--SOMEONE should reprint this! 21 Jun. 2000
By Ingeborg S. Nordén - Published on
Format: Paperback
People who criticize Gundarsson's rune books too harshly should keep one thing in mind. The intended audience for _Teutonic Magic_ is not academia, SCA re-enactors, or role-players: the book was actually written by a modern follower of Norse paganism, for others like him.
From that perspective, I'm not exaggerating when I call this book a classic. Gundarsson has a doctorate in Germanic studies from Cambridge; he knows MUCH more about the rune poems, the Eddas, and other period texts than a typical "New Age" author would. He also writes vividly and fluently; the chapter on ritual poetry is a must-read for any Norse pagan who wants to compose his own. Finally, he debunks some popular misconceptions about Norse magic and mythology--enough to show a genuine interest in the facts, even though he does not always get them right.
Are there glaring errors in this book? A few (which Gundarsson later told me he would have corrected in a second edition). Is it meant to re-create ancient practices exactly? No; even matter-of-fact scholars can't do that. Does it show obvious influence from some non-Germanic magical traditions? Sometimes. (Associating each rune with a crystal? Come on!) Despite those flaws, however, _Teutonic Magic_ is worth adding to any serious Norse pagan's library.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
An excellent practical application of runes in daily life. 24 Nov. 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
The author exhibits a greater understanding of runic history & Norse culture than most in academia. That he treats the runes as "real" & not simply myth may bother some readers, but not if they are truly interested in reviving the Scandinavian heritage & culture. Additionally, the guided meditations on the individual runes are well worth the price of the book on their own merit.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
...why do the best books go out of print? 22 Oct. 2002
By Rachel E. Watkins - Published on
Format: Paperback
....Gundarsson's work is similar in many ways to Edred Thorsson. I belive this is both because Gunarsson was influenced by Thorsson, and that it's solid truth and is right on with facts and practice of Asatru/Norse Heathenry. However, where Thorsson's works are dry and scholarly, Gundarssons writing is flowing and beautiful. He has sections on the norse deities, and on performing rituals. His rituals are more involved than what I would likely do, but for those who enjoy beautiful and complex ritual, this book has some excellent guidelines.
This book covers the bases of learning Rune Magic...the structure of the spiritual realms, and complete descriptions of the runes which each include a guided meditation(good to have someone read to you while you meditate and visualize) to better understand the depth of meaning for the runes and how they each fit into the cycles of life and death.
This book is out of print now, and therefore expensive. I'm glad to have purchaced a copy at only double cover price several years ago, now it's quadrupile or more the cover price. If you have the cash to spare for this book this is an excellent book to have around along with 'Teutonic Religion' also by Gundarsson and 'A book of Troth' by Edred Thorsson.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A classic, must-have text for any modern runic scholar. 1 Jun. 2002
By Jesse Davis - Published on
Format: Paperback
By far this is one of the best guides to the Elder Futhark written in modern times. I think it is a great loss to aspiring students of the runes that it and its companion text Teutonic Religion are no longer in print. It was the first text dealing solely with runic and Germanic magickal theory I read cover-to-cover, and in the course of reading Gundarsson's discussions and guided meditations on the futhark I had what I believe to be a true spiritual vision involving the runes and the World Tree itself. Few books on the subject have inspired me or enlightened me as much as Teutonic Magick has. Of course, runic study and practice is highly personal, and each of us must learn and work in our own way. Gundarsson's intuition as well as his scholarly knowledge are both very strong when it comes to runework, and he ably imparts both to the reader through his words.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
very deep and detailed discussions of the runes 18 July 2000
By J. K. Kelley - Published on
Format: Paperback
Caveat: this review is focused upon the portion of the book covering runes and divination, because that was what I used it to study. That represents about half the book. Further caveat: I'm no expert on Asatru or the runes.
With all that said, I found Gundersson's study of rune-reading to be tremendously helpful. He includes rune-spreads, techniques and a thorough take on each rune itself, complete with a beautifully-written meditation. I'd also read other books if you were planning on working intensively with runes--just to get differing viewpoints--but this would be an essential reference.
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