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Runic Inscriptions

2 3 The most intriguing of characters, runes, were born out of the mists of Old Europe and their beginnings, almost like the several meanings and derivatives of the word itself, remain secretive and mysterious. It seems likely that the first runic alphabet was founded upon the early Mediterranean alphabets such as the North Italic script and the Etruscan and Roman alphabets. However, many of these magical runic symbols predate this amalgamation and can be seen in the numerous ancient pictographs and ideograms which are found scattered across Europe. Perhaps, at some point, sound, symbol and concept fused, subsequently forming the runic alphabet. Runes developed as a practical alphabet and also as a magical script from around the second century onward. The first working alphabet of 24 runes is known as the Elder Fuark pronounced foothark and is named after the first six characters of the runic alphabet. Traditionally the Fuark was split into three ttir, Old Icelandic for family or group of eight. As language evolved across old Europe new runic alphabets were developed to accommodate these linguistic changes. orIgIns when is an ark an orc f u a r k g w h n i j e p z s t b e m l o d . c f u o r c g w h n i j eo p x s t b e m l d a y ia ea f u a r k h n i a r s t b m l f u a r k h n c i a s t b m l R f u o r k h n i a s t b m l y o o e g c The ManxJeran Rune Row The Orkney Rune Row The Danish Fu ark The Common Germanic Fu ark c c The AngloSaxon Fu orc
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