Runes (or ᚠᚢᚦᚨᚱᚲ "Futhark") are a set of alphabets developed by the Germanic tribes. The origins are a little murky (and much debated), but the letters appear to borrow from both the Roman alphabet and the Greek alphabet.

The letters all have names like thorn ( þ ) for "th" / θ / and isaz ( ᛁ ) 'ice' for /i/. Ancient Germanic did use them for "magical" purposes but they also used it for everyday writing. For English, it's actually a little more efficient because it has single letters like thorn (þ) for sounds that need to be written with two letters in the modern Roman alphabet.

Runes are important for linguists studying ancient Germanic and Old English texts and Unicode Runes will allow them to create and share standardized archives. So there are actually a lot of good fonts available.

Runes (or ᚠᚢᚦᚨᚱᚲ "Futhark") are a set of alphabets developed by the Germanic tribes. The origins are a little murky (and much debated), but the letters appear to borrow from both the Roman alphabet and the Greek alphabet.

The letters all have names like thorn ( þ ) for "th" / θ / and isaz ( ᛁ ) 'ice' for /i/. Ancient Germanic did use them for "magical" purposes but they also used it for everyday writing. For English, it's actually a little more efficient because it has single letters like thorn (þ) for sounds that need to be written with two letters in the modern Roman alphabet.

Runes are important for linguists studying ancient Germanic and Old English texts and Unicode Runes will allow them to create and share standardized archives. So there are actually a lot of good fonts available.

In popular culture, Runes have always been seen as possessing of mystical properties. Once in a while a fantasy computer game comes by with puzzles written in runes, and many modern Wiccan sects use Runes ceremonially and ritualistically. As runes dated from before the time Northern Europe became Christianized, it became associated with the "pagan" or non-Christian past, and hence a mystique is cast upon it. Even the supposed etymology of the word rune , the German word raunen which means "to whisper", helped in adding a secretive bend to Runes.

The Runic alphabet is also known as Futhark, a name composed from the first six letters of the alphabet, namely f , u , th , a , r , and k . In this way, "Futhark" is analogous to the word "alphabet", which is from alpha and beta , the first two letters of the Greek alphabet. And why were the letters ordered in such a way. Nobody knows the answer, but it might been some form of mneumonic function that was not preserved.

The first Runic inscriptions that have survived to the modern day dated from around 200 CE. The alphabet consists of 24 letters, 18 consonants and 6 vowels, as illustrated in the following chart:

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