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    :D You're right, I didn't know, Twig! I'll have to check that one out. I'm thinking about making some rune sets for a friend to carry in her shop and would like to include a book with them rather than make something myself. Sounds like this one might be suitable.
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    I just found this thread this morning, and wanted to reply with a few questions. I have a book on Rune Lore written by Paul Rhys Mountfort called "Nordic Runes: Understanding, Casting, and Interpreting the Ancient Viking Oracle". I have struggled with being able to read this book easily in the past, but I want to study the Runes again, so I was wondering if this book was worth slogging through?

    I had the pleasure of reading Freya Aswynn's book "Northern Mysteries and Magic" when I first discovered the Runes in 2009, but it was a library book, and I have not been able to get a hold of my own copy of it. I had been turned away from her by an Asatru group who deemed her writing a load of crap, and who repeatedly told me and other seekers that the Runes were only a writing system. Not a magical system, not to be used for divination or other magical workings, just a writing system.

    Imagine my surprise at seeing her book as part of your required reading list this morning. Thank you for posting it, I am glad to know my interest, and connection with her work was not all for nothing.

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    I enjoyed Taking up the Runes by Diane Paxson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ravenscape View Post
    I enjoyed Taking up the Runes by Diane Paxson.
    Me too that book is awesome. I am going to be rebuying a copy soon, since my original met with an untimely demise.

    Another fantastic book I found was Complete Illustrated Guide to Runes by Nigel Pennick



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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkbookworm View Post
    ... Paul Rhys Mountfort called "Nordic Runes: Understanding, Casting, and Interpreting the Ancient Viking Oracle"...
    I used to have that book in my collection, before paring down my library when I first moved across country 3 years ago. I remember the reason that I culled it was not because the book itself was bad in anyway, it just didn't express any 'new'ideas that wee not covered in other books that I had that i felt were more worthy, like those of Edred Thorsson, Freya Aswynn, Nigel Pennick, and Diana L. Paxson (still lamenting the los of this one). Even a little pocket Encycloedia of the Runes by Sirona Knight made the move before Paul Mountfort.

    Don't not read the book because of me, as I said it didn't steer one wrong.. but just sort of restated what other authors had already covered.



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    I have read both Edred Thorsson's book and Galina Krasskova's book. I liked them both.

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