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alt.astrology

A discussion group that focuses on occult and mysticism. Runes are a frequent topic.



alt.majik

A discussion group that revolves around the mystic. Runes are a frequent discussion topic.



alt.mythology

A discussion group that focuses both on the mystic and historical origins of mythology. The discussion often involves runes.



alt.pagan

A discussion group on pagan activities, of which the mystic study of runes is included.



alt.religion.asatru

A discussion group that focuses on Norse and Germanic Pagan religions and their modern revival. The discussions frequently centre around runes, in both an academic and a mystical context.



Dan Smith's Fantasy Fonts for Windows
maintained by Dan Smith

Free collections of Tolkien-inspired and Historical Rune fonts for Windows. With links to other Runic font and Internet resources.



The Middle Earth Page

This is a site devoted to The Hobbit and the Fellowship of the Ring series of books by J.R.R. Tolkien. The author meticulously created a magical world for the characters that was complete with believable languages for the differing species. Tolkien, who was himself a philiologist, wrote appendices for the books detailing the linguistic values of the languages he created. Among those created were types of runes, the Angerthas rune system, and the Moon rune system. This Web site has charts of the translation of these rune systems, presumably taken from Tolkien's own writings.



Mystery of the Futhark Alphabet
maintained by Turgay Kurum

The author of this website claims to have linked the Germanic futhark with the Turkish 'Goturk' alphabet. Interesting ideas.



OLDNORSENET

OLDNORSENET is an electronic mailing list. The following is a description of it from the maintainers of the list: ". . .[OLDNORSENET] provides a forum for discussion of problems that concern the medieval Scandinavian and North Atlantic societies. The network will be open for contributions from researchers in all branches of medieval studies concerning the Nordic area. Our hope is to start a lively and open discussion of new and old problems within the subject, and that ideas and suggestions will be presented and discussed by the members of the network. There are now more than 330 subscribers to this discussion list from all over the world, The Nordic countries, North America, South Africa, Japan and others."

The owner of the network is the Forum foer fornnordisk forskning, (Center for Old Norse Studies) at Gothenburg University. The administrator of the network is Karl Gunnar Johansson.

New subscribers will have to write to:
listproc@hum.gu.se
with the single line in the letter body:
subscribe oldnorsenet your_first_name your_last_name

Then in future correspondence with the members, you would address your letters to: oldnorsenet@hum.gu.se

An examination of the archived messages revealed several discussions in the past month about runes. Current issues being discussed include translations of ancient Nordic texts, Viking culture, and further information sources.



RuneCaster for Win95
by Garry Archer
A rune casting program



Runecaster

The Runecaster site is a unique way of casting rune stones online. The user is able to cast runes using Odin's Rune, Three Rune Spread, Runic Cross, and Three-Life Spread. Once the throw has been submitted via a form, the results are displayed in the correct patterns. The user can then click on individual stones to bring up information on its particular meaning and history.



Rune-Gild
maintained by Sweyn

The page of the Gild in the South Pacific Region.



Runenews
maintained by James E. Knirk

Website announcing new developments and discoveries in academic runology. Articles mostly in Swedish, but also English, Norwegian and German



Runes of Futhark

Contains three to four paragraphs on each of the Futhark runes, as well as a table for each that has spelling characteristics in Old English, Old Norse, and several other early Germanic languages, as well as any differing definitions between the languages. Very nicely laid out.



The Runes

A detailed description of runes accompanied by short history of their uses. This site, written by a person called Amthyst, is referenced on almost every Web site containing information on runes. Also contains good ascii versions of runes.



Runestone: Heavener, Oklahoma

This is an article published about a rune stone found on Poteau Mountain near the small town of Heavener, Oklahoma, near the Arkansas line. The article says,". . .there stands a slab of stone which is 12 feet tall, 10 feet wide, and 16 inches thick, like a billboard. There is writing on this billboard, consisting of 8 deeply pecked letters, whose edges have eroded to smoothness. . ." There are several good pictures of the stone, and a translation of the runic inscription. Another rune-related site on the Internet that had a link to it had this warning about it, though: "Note: There is a major 'Spot the Viking' industry going in North America, and the Heavener runestone may just be an example of 'wishful thinking.'"



RuneStones

This site has the full text, translation, drawings of inscriptions, and color photos of rune stones, as well as maps and numbers of the distribution of rune stones found all over the world. It also has a description of the Futhark, but it is not as comprehensive as other sources or as well done as the other areas of this site.



RuneType - The Project

One of the most referenced Web sites on runes. It is a project in Norway to computerize Runic inscriptions at the Historic Museum in Bergen. Its aim is to "develop a transliteration system that is wholly dependent on a symbol's graphic form with no presumptions of phonetic value." The results of the project are posted, but are in Norwegian. An English version will appear soon.

Recently there has been major changes to the site. It is now possible to do a search in a rune database for information on rune stones. The database is searchable by description, rune number, and translation. The project leader, Espen S. Ore, may be contacted at Espen.Ore@hd.uib.no. The head runologist is Anne Haavaldsen, and she may be contacted at Anne.Haavaldsen@hd.uib.no.



The Runic Journey

A site which explores the history, meaning and magic of the runes, presented by Jennifer Smith. Contains detailed interpretations of the runes, discusses their practical use for divination and magic, and a link to a page devoted to the lore of trees.



Viewpoints - American Epigraphics
maintained by Rick Smith

A defence of the existance of Old world scripts (including Norse) in North America. Includes images of alleged inscriptions in Oregon.



The Viking Homepage

This is a light-hearted site with numerous links to Viking culture such as musuem exhibits and Viking religions. There are several links to color photographs of famous rune stones.



Viking Navy

The Viking Navy is an organization of do-it-yourselfer Viking ship builders. While it makes for interesting reading, the majority of this site is not focused on runes. There is a section, however, on runes that is not duplicated elsewhere. It is scanned newspaper clippings and drawings of four major rune stones: Kensington Rune Stone, Spirit Pond Rune Stone, Roseau Rune Stone, and the Heavener, Oklahoma rune stone.



The Whitney Pages
maintained by Dr. Barry L. Whitney

"My pages are being set up for individual rune interpretations and rune-casting. I have links to most of the Rune sites on the Web. I also have related pages, growing dozens of links to ICELAND, the VIKINGS, NORSE RELIGION, ODINISM, and ICELANDIC MUSIC from Bjork to Jon Leifs. The page is maintained by a Western Icelander who is a scholar in theology and philosophy."



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