|Working For A Better Life (valkyrieofodin) wrote in runesforall,|
@ 2008-05-20 21:19:00
Book Review: Futhark by Edred Thorsson
Futhark is a well written book on many levels. It's not a large book by any means and if you apply yourself to it, it shouldn't take long to get through. In this book Thorsson takes the time to go indepth on the subject of the creation of taufir for magical purposes and not just the creation of runes for divination. In fact he goes indepth on the subject of Runic Numerology( a bit more time spent on it than I cared for) and also Stadhgaldr/Rune Yoga. Personally I found that I was most drawn to the concepts behind the making of Magical Talismans/Taufir and Stadhgaldr. This is not surprising as I suck with numbers. But, he gives mostly equal time to all of them I would admit. Though I think he may spend a bit more on the Numerology than on Stadhgaldr. I think that comes from personal bent more than anything if you will excuse the pun. He does go into the fact that Stadhgaldr is more than just getting into a position and holding it, it's about channeling energies through your body, and that those energies may change from point to point even on the same rune from session to session. I have to say I really enjoyed that. On the point of Talismanic Creation he discusses the entire 'birthing' of the talisman, so that it is not just an item but a being with it's own wyrd/orlog. I was impressed. He makes it so that not only an experienced Vitki can do this but someone who has never gone that route before. There are not a huge amount of charts in this book that can be translated to the computer. Most of his tables and such are drawings. I had already translated one chart when creating the community, I will look for one that can be brought forth but I'm not optimistic. Overall I think this book is very good for what it is.