Viking Rune Tattoos Alexandria LA
New Orleans, LA
New Orleans, LA
Viking Rune tattoos
Viking Rune Tattoo Designs - An alphabet of runes existed among northern Germanic tribes long before the Viking Age began, but it was the Scandinavian Vikings who, toward the end of the first millennium, left the most lasting and potent evidence of this angular set of symbols.
The Vikings carved runes most often on rocks, inscriptions that hinted at heroic exploits and famous people. Runes eventually came into use as a sigle (?) to cast spells, and as an oracular device to consult about matters both public and personal. The use of runes ended in the Middle Ages when the medieval church outlawed them in an effort to stamp out paganism and to ‘drive the devil out of Europe’. The current popularity of runes as a form of tattoo script, however, is due to precisely those outlawed occult activities – as a medium of divination and magic. However sincerely we play with the ancient runes, we should be aware that very little is actually known about them.
The very process of writing with runes is seen by its serious practitioners as a magical act. Perhaps more than any other alphabet, the runes transmit to those who believe in them, an understanding of the sensibilities of the ancients who devised them. The runes speak of a special connection to the natural world, a large part of which is the spirit world.
The runic alphabet is called ‘futhark’, and takes its name from the first six letters of the runic sequence – fehu, uruz, thurisaz, ansuz, raido, and kenaz. While most alphabets employ letters that are meaningless beyond the phonetic sound they represent, each rune is a word that may also have a special meaning associated with Norse mythology. Fehu, for example, means ‘cattle’. The futhark originally consisted of 24 letters (the Elder Futhark), but was reduced to 16 characters. This unorthodox alphabet was eventually displaced in Europe by the Roman alphabets, yet the runes survived in manuscripts and as inscriptions in stone, wood, horn, and metal.
When did the runes first come into use? And where did they come from? There are no definitive answers, although the earliest found runes date back to the second and third centuries A.D. That the runes grew from some previous alphabet is generally agreed, but from which one? From Latin, Greek, or the Etruscan alphabet. Even the Gokturks, the first Turks, wrote their language in a runic script. Pre-runic symbols have been found in Bronze Age rock carvings. But Scandinavians speak of their runes as gifts from their chief god, Odin. With such a divine origin, it’s no wonder that Nordic peoples have so revered the runes, and attributed to them magical powers.
With such a strong belief in supernatural powers, the Vikings left it to a Rune Master to negotiate the talismanic properties of their alphabet. Power is believed to infuse the arrangement of lines of a single rune. Consulting the runes for guidance was an art not taken lightly. “Let no man carve runes to cast a spell,” said a ...