'Findell s book is a beautifully illustrated guide to understanding and reading runes and a tribute to this artistic form of communication' - Good Book Guide
A richly illustrated book telling the story of runes from their mysterious origins, their development as a script, to their use and meaning in the modern world
From late antiquity through to the early middle ages, people across north-western Europe were inscribing runes on a range of different objects. Once identified and interpreted by experts, runes provide us with invaluable evidence for the early Germanic languages including English, Dutch, German and the Scandinavian languages and reveal a wealth of information about our early civilisations.
Runes employ many techniques from informal scratchings to sophisticated inlaid designs on weapons, or the exquisite relief carvings of the Franks Casket. The task of reading and understanding them involves a good deal of detective-work, calling on expertise from a number of academic disciplines: archaeology, art history, linguistics, and even forensic science. This book tells the story of runes from their mysterious origins, their development as a script, to their use and meaning in the modern world. Illustrated with a range of beautiful objects from jewellery to tools and weapons, Runes will reveal memorials for the dead, business messages, charms and curses, insults and prayers, giving us a glimpse into the languages and cultures of Europeans over a thousand years ago.
- Author: Martin Findell
- Paperback: 112 pages | 38 colour illustrations
- Date published: March 2014
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0714180298
- Product Dimensions: 21.0 x 14.7 cm