|Working For A Better Life (valkyrieofodin) wrote in runesforall,|
@ 2008-05-20 21:30:00
Book Review: Runelore by Edred Thorsson
Well I finished Runelore and I must say that it's an interesting book.. At different points I had differing opinions on it.. It is very well researched I want to say that.. Thorsson is nothing if not thorough in this book. He appears at times to repeat information, but then it shows that he is approaching things from a different angle. I had to set the book down a lot in order to get through it. This was in part so that I could digest the information in bits and pieces. If you are not up for some seriously scholarly works, Thorsson is probably not your choice. Luckily I am very happy to have access to such. He does however tout the Rune Gild a bit much for my taste. I suppose that since it is his book and his society it's his right.. But still sometimes less is more. It was a turn off to me. Also, there were a few things that I didn't agree with in his book.. For example his use of the term bisexual in describing Ymir, this, according to him is why he was able to produce progeny of his own without a mate. I hate to tell you this Mr. Thorsson, but bisexuality has nothing to do with being able to reproduce without a mate. Yes, it's a small thing, but it stuck out. There were a few other details that stuck out as well, but that was the biggest one. I disagreed with him on his description of Odhinn as amoral due to the manner in which he recovers the mead. Rather I think he is anti-ethical but that's just me. Yes, I really got into this book. It had a lot of very good points to it as well and I honestly couldn't tell you all the wonders in it. He is incredibly big on charts in this book. And, one of my favorite things, at the end of the book, he gives all the varied futharks, from the elder, to the anglo-saxon, younger and armanen. I am really looking forward to trying to master the armanen eventually. I'm in the process of trying to figure out which chart I think will translate best for this community which is going to be a chore as I like so many of them.. *sighs* But it's a work worth doing. I think overall this book is definitely worth the read. Just be prepared to take it as what it is, the work of a man who is dogged and yet, at the same time inspired.. He's capable of making mistakes and you need to keep that in mind.