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Ancient Runes Lesson 5

Lesson 5 First Years

The Runic Revival

The runes, primarily in their Younger form, remained in common use until well into the 17th. century. Up until this time, they were found on everything from coins to coffins, and in some places their use was actually sanctioned by the Church. Even the common people knew simple runic spells, and the runes were frequently consulted on matters of both public and private interest. Unfortunately, as with most of the magical arts, they were officially banned in 1639 as part of the Church's efforts to "drive the devil out of Europe". The rune masters were either executed or went underground, and the knowledge of the runes may well have died with them. Some say that the knowledge was passed on in secret, but it is almost impossible to separate ancient traditions from more modern esoteric philosophies in such cases.

Perhaps the darkest period in the history of runic studies was their revival by German scholars connected with the Nazi movement in the 20's and 30's. What began as a legitimate folkloric resurgence unfortunately became so tainted by Nazi ideology and racism that the research from this period was rendered all but useless to any serious student of runic lore. After the Second World War, the runes fell into disfavour as a result of their association with Naziism, and very little was written about them until the fifties and sixties. It was not until the mid-eighties, with the widespread appeal of the "New Age" movement and the revival of Pagan religions (especially the Asatru movement) that the runes regained their popularity as both a divinatory system and a tool for self-awareness.


1. Where could rune be found, well into the 17th century?

2. In what year were runes officially banned?

3. When was the darkest period of runic studies?

4. What were runes associated with?

5. What two movements came about to make runes regain their popularity?

Don't forget, the first student to send me the correct answer to the Trivia question will receive an extra 10pts. for their house.
"Name the four founders of Hogwarts and where, according to the sorting hat did they come from"?(Hint: The Lexicon)

Assignments will be due on: Dec. 3rd

Please send your assignments to Professor Parson at the link below. Please click on Flying Harry