A discussion of hidden lore, inner lore, rune worlds, runic numerology, runic Edred Thorsson Thorsson goes over many different areas in this book. Thorsson, Edred. Runelore: a handbook of esoteric runology. Bibliography: p. I. Rune-Miscellanea. 2. Magic 3. Inscriptions, Runic. 4. O ld Norse poetry. I. Tide. Runelore is divided into two parts. In Part One of Runelore, Historical Lore, Thorsson uses archaeological evidence to explain where the runes come from, what.

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In fairness, I need to state that for me the runes represented something of a spiritual dead end, while for Thorsson, they have been an ongoing part of his practice and have led to profound self-change and personal joy. I have found some points in lorw books that madee see a rune in a whole new way, and sometimes it is thorsson that has that point.

In Part One, Historical Lore, Thorsson uses archaeological evidence to explain where the runes come from, what they mean, and how they evolved. Frankly you are better off using Northern Magic as a practical book and then reading Futhark later after Runelore and others.

My copy has gotten a good wearing out as I use it for reference often. The first is that my view of fate and time has changed quite a bit since I wrote the book. As a thorssson, the methodology in the book is helpful but missing something important. Here we delve into the esoteric meanings and lore of the Elder Futhark.

May 25, Iva Kenaz rated it it was amazing. Thorsson gives us all this and more in this book.

Runelore: The Magic, History, and Hidden Codes of the Runes – Edred Thorsson – Google Books

Reading the definitions of the 24 runes was painful thhorsson say the least. But in part two, rue author enters the realm of abstruse esoterica; metaphysical stuff mostly thought up in the 20th centuryon how the runes have a toehold in Jungian psychology My second and last book I will ever read on esoteric runology. If you’re looking for a seriously in-depth analysis on runes then this book is for you.


No trivia or quizzes yet. Combing historical lore with a detailed investigation, Runelore focuses on the esoteric aspects of the runic tradition. Welcome to Reddit, the front page of the internet. New with this book is far more information on the Elder runes, runic codes and poems, cosmology and more.


Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy. Thorsson is one of the preeminent occultists of our time. Apr 11, Alice rated it really liked it Shelves: Part One—Historical Lore—goes way more in depth than the previous volume with over ninety pages eune to the runes and their records, which I enjoyed immensely being the history nut I am.

Seems like Asatru may have been what I needed to look into all along to get a firm grasp on what is accurate and to cut out the BS I keep unknowingly finding and reading. This is basically a shorter version rrune the information given in his previous book.

Refresh and try again. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Note that Page who focuses on Futhorc deals only in academic facts, and is uninterested in modern interpretations like those you’re likely to find in most other books mentioned in this thread.

Check it out if you have experience with occult literature. There is a detailed, if rather indigestible, discussion of ‘magical’ runic inscriptions in S. Don’t want to speak for others but Flowers’ works mostly read like hedge magic magyycke? A pretty good book. Under no circumstances should you limit yourself to THorsson’s works.

Paperbackpages. The books are certainly worth reading, though they don’t fit well into the sort of “strict reconstructionism” that has become trendy in some Asatru circles — esoteric practices never will and for good reason.


John Varela rated it it was amazing Feb 15, Runes are more like a form of divine mystery to us than just bones to cast for divination. For example, a scholar like Ray Page may tell you that the meaning of the “Raidho” rune means “riding” But Thorsson is not happy with that. Some may have a problem with his writing style and his past, I think it gives his writings backbone.

Consequently all my commentary does cite sources.

Runelore: The Magic, History, and Hidden Codes of the Runes by Edred Thorsson

This is an excellent companion book to Thorsson’s earlier, “Futhark. If this stuff sounds good to you, then by all means, enjoy! I like thorsson but it is not fully balanced to me Page is another great source. Rune Lore of the Gods. I did so because I was frustrated at my choices to recommend beginners. Log in or sign up in seconds.

I will add, Freya Aswyn has more of a cultural background in her understanding of the runes, but I did not follow too deep into her spiritual teachings, so I can’t vouch for those.

Part Two is a gateway to the hidden lore. Thorsson does a decent job here. Apr 15, Michael Wilson rated it really liked it. I am the author of “The Serpent and the Eagle: A discussion of hidden lore, inner lore, rune worlds, runic numerology, runic psychology, runelore of the Gods, esoteric theology and more.

Sep 27, Silfrinlogi rated it it was amazing. Aug 28, Julie rated it really liked it.