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ALU, An Advanced Guide To Operative Runology


ALU, An Advanced Guide To Operative Runology

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    Edred Thorsson(Author)
Completely new and fresh descriptions of all the individual runesbased on traditional sources, rune poems, Old Norse literature,from one of the most respected runic scholars living today

This follow-up to the author's classic Futhark, breaks new ground by applying current scientific theories on how magic works in traditional societies to the world of practical magic. The book contains completely new and fresh descriptions of all the individual runes based on traditional sources, rune-poems, Old Norse literature and more.

Thorsson, one of the most respected runic scholars living today synthesises the old and the new, the scholarly and the practical and brings the use of runes in magical work to a new level in ALU, AN ADVANCED GUIDE TO OPERATIVE RUNOLOGY.

This book includes:

Practical magic

Divination practices.

Reveals new techniques and methods

How modern English can be used in the creation of runic writings

Edred Thorsson received his doctorate in Germanic languages and Mediaeval Studies from the University of Texas. He translated Guido von List's The Secret of Runes, taught humanities at the university level and founded Runa-Raven press. He is the author of Futhark: A Handbook of Rune Magic and Runelore. He lives near Austin, Texas where he practises rune magic. Visit him online at

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  • PDF | 304 pages
  • Edred Thorsson(Author)
  • Weiser Books (15 Nov. 2012)
  • English
  • 5
  • Religion & Spirituality
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  • By Wulf V on 9 February 2013

    I have just completed my reading of Edred Thorsson`s latest work, Alu, An Advanced Guide To Operative Runology. Unlike any of his previous books this one focuses on an analysis of the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc, both individually as isolated Rune staves but also in `dryads`, pairings of the Runes which occur throughout the Futhorc.The book consists of just five chapters: Grounding in Knowledge, Lore of the Futhark, A Theory of Operative Runology, The Practice of Operative Runology and Rune Workings.Thorsson builds on his earliest work-Futhark but offers fresh insights. There are intriguing appendices on Runic Dryads, Triadic Rune-Names and Grail Mythos in Old English Runes? Practical advice is offered on creating Bind-Runes, Rune-Gazing and Spear-Casting.In addition to his very welcome focus on the use of the Anglo-Saxon Runes for the first time [which he says should be the first Futharc/Futhorc of choice when it comes to writing in modern or Old English] he also places Runic magical practice in an Indo-European context.I hope that Edred Thorsson/Dr Stephen Edred Flowers will continue to get his works published via new outlets now that Runa Raven press has ceased operations.

  • By SamFenn on 20 November 2015

    This isn't a bad book, but it repeats alot of things that are already in Edred's other books and alot of his points are intuitive or imaginative interpretation or archaelogical sources. For example, there is no evidence that repeating a particular rune was 'magic'. It may have been. It equally may have not been, it may have been practice, it may have been mistake. It may have been a joke (there is in fact a rune stick carved with runes that essentially says 'you wife says come back from the pub!' - so runes were not solely used for 'magic', they were used for comedy too!). I have no problem with people working intuitively or with their imagination to interpret historical sources, I think it is a good thing, but Thorsson presents them as fact, rather than his interpretation and creation. The fact that Thorsson presents them as fact means they turn up repeatedly in other texts by lazy authors. It should also be mentioned that Thorsson has a strange view on race, and seems to have no understanding of the fact that all human beings came out of Africa and our DNA is thoroughly mixed due to thousands of years of peoples travelling and migrating. His idea that people should stick to their indigineous religions is utterly offensive tripe. For that reason I give this book a 100% total thumbs down.

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