In Runemarks,they are "cast" using certain fingerings and they can be used to predict the future, though they are not failproof.
Runes of the Old AgeEdit
- Fè: Wealth, cattle, property, success.
- Úr: Strength, The Mighty Ox.
- Thuris: Thor's rune, the Thorny One, victory.
- Ós: the Seer-folk, the Æsir.
- Raedo: the Journeyman, the Outlands.
- Kaen: Wildfire, Chaos, World Beyond.
- Hagall: Hail, the Destroyer, Netherworld.
- Naudr: the Binder, the Underworld, distress, need, Death.
- Isa: Ice.
- Ár: Plenty, Fruitfulness.
- Ýr: The Protector, the Fundament.
- Sól: summer, the sun.
- Týr: the Warrior.
- Bjarkàn: Vision, revelantion, dream.
- Madr: Mankind, the Folk, the Middle Worlds.
- Logr: Water, the One Sea.
Runes of the New ScriptEdit
*Ethel: the Homeland, motherhood.
- Aesk: the Ash Tree, Creation.
- Àc: the Oak Tree, strength, determination.
- Daeg: day, the Thunderbolt.
- Iar: the Builder, industry.
- Perth: a game, hazard, chance.
- Wyn: gain, winnings, temptation, gambling.
- Eh: Wedlock, loyalty, a bond.
- Ea:the tides, Eternity, Death, and beyond.
- Gabe: a gift, a sacrifice.
The Modern Fiction of RunesEdit
Fé: Cattle, success
Point the rune at wherever you need it to work most; a piece of homework; your wallet; yourself.
Úr: The Aurochs
Make a fist, then pull it towards you for added strength in your purpose.
Thuris: the Thorny One
For protection, bring your hand across your body. For a more aggressive defence, level it at your attacker.
Ós: the Aesir
Make the rune shape, then move your hand slowly away from your body, keeping your palm facing outwards.
Raido: The Journeyman
Make the rune shape, then shake your hand loosely once or twice at the wrist
Hagall: The Destroyer
There are several fingerings of this rune. Use this one to push outwards at an attacker.
Naudr: The Binder
Make the rune shape, then slide the thumb across the palm a couple of times, touching the fourth finger with the ball of the thumb.
Just extend the finger of the left hand, as if you were pointing at something. To reverse, use the right hand to point away from the frozen area.
Left hand extended palm-upwards, as if holding out a gift.
Yr: The Protector
Three fingers extended, hand moving towards the body for protection.
Sól: The Sun
Fingers spread, palm facing outwards.
Tyr: The Warrior
Almost as if you were making a gun barrel with your fingers…
Bjarkán : Revelation, dream
Look closely through the circle made by your fingers – and concentrate!
Madr: Mankind, the Folk
Hands linked, palms facing up, to strengthen a fellowship.
Thumb across the palm, just touching the little finger. Move the thumb slowly across the palm several times. To find water, hold a hazel twig loosely in this hold. Walk slowly across the area. When the end of the twig drops, you can start to dig…
The reality of runesEditRunes developed as an early alphabet in Nordic lands. The earliest inscriptions date to around 150 CE but the regularity of usage dropped as christianity spread across Europe, bringing the Roman alphabet with it. There are many variations of the runic alphabet; the Elder fuþark, the Anglo-Saxon futhorc, and the Younger futharc ( which is further devided into three subgroups).
They were always used for magic. In the Hávamál - a viking age poetic edda - Odin claims he can use runes to raise the dead. But in reality runes were mostly an alphabet that changed from century to century.