The Persistence of Runic Memory

Seventeeth-century runic inscription from Sweden.
Seventeeth-century runic inscription from Sweden.

Why buy a book on learning runes from Llewellyn or Weiser when you can learn from the people who clung to them the longest?

But you say that they stopped using them a century ago? That is nothing in the spiritual tourism market. “My grandfather taught me the secret tradition that he preserved!”

If they are trying to keep Elfdalian Norse alive, bring the runes along too. Open some B&Bs, some small hotels decorated with runic inscriptions, some charming restaurants. Teach “runic yoga.” Never mind that it was not invented there. This is tradition we are talking about.

2 thoughts on “The Persistence of Runic Memory

  1. Pitch313

    Back when fewer humans lived, they experienced greater aggregate cultural diversity. Even graphemic diversity. As a scribe, I favor lots of writing systems, just so I can keep on honing my skill set.

    Runic yoga reminds me of signal flag systems, a means of communicating over some distance. But postures may change awareness…

  2. It was news to me that the (awesome!) musician Lena Willemark is from Aelvdalen. I knew she sometimes sings in a really weird version of Swedish, so this puts some of her work into a much clearer context.

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