Tuesday, May 20, 2008

R is for Rune on ABC Wednesday

It should not come as a surprise what my contribution to this weeks ABC Wednesday is. According to the English version of Wikipedia:

Rune is a masculine given name derived from the Old Norse word "rún," meaning "secret lore."
The statistics say that there were 19 440 persons in Norway carrying that name in 2006. That means I am not alone - always a comforting thought.

It seems that I am a holder of secret lore, whatever that night be. Since I am no fan of secrets, a further search of Wikipedia is indicated:
The Runic alphabets are a set of related alphabets using letters (known as runes) used to write Germanic languages prior to the adaption of the Latin alphabet and for specialized purposes after. The Scandinavian variants are also known as Futhark (or fuþark, derived from their first six letters of the alphabet.
Aha - I am related to an Alphabet - very fitting for participation in ABC Wednesday. I also enjoyed this finding:

In J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Hobbit, the Anglo-Saxon runes are used on a map to emphasize its connection to the Dwarves. They were also used in the initial drafts of The Lord of the Rings, but later were replaced by the Cirth rune-like alphabet invented by Tolkien.

This was very gratifying indeed since "The Lord of the Rings" is my favourite book. However, I did not like this finding:
As forms of Neopaganism can be quite different and have distinctive origins, recognition and usage of runes can vary considerably.

As with Germanic paganism in general, the runes are a major element in Germanic neopaganism used for a wide variety of purposes in varying senses of reconstructionism, depending on the type of group.

New Agers and some Wiccans may also sometimes use runes under various (generally non-reconstructive) conditions, such as divination.

Not my kind of thing at all!

Maybe I should sue the person behind this advertising board for infringement of copyright or something similar?


BTW - this post marks a small jubilee for me - I have now participated in one round of ABC - Wednesday. I started last November with S. I have only missed one entry - G. I would like to make up for that now. The picture below should say what G is for:







PS For more about ABC Wednesday, please visit Mrs. Nesbitt's Place. It is well worth the effort.

48 comments:

Kjerstis Hjørne said...

Så søt du var da du var liten! Kjempefin R-post.

ellen b said...

Oh how fabulous Rune! The photo is priceless. We are huge fans of LOTR at our house and my daughter even learned the alphabet and writes in elvish. :)
Congratulations on making it all the way through the alphabet! Well done.

imac said...

Great post Rune, haha is that you???.
Very interesting revelations for Rune.lol

Pop and see my R post.

Petunia said...

Alle kjenner da en som heter Rune, gjør de ikke? Kankje de fleste er voksne som heter det i dag. Jeg vet bare om en under 10 år som har det navnet. Min venninne sin nest yngste sønn:)
Bilde av deg på steinen der er bare utrolig herlig:)
Flott post:)

John said...

Meget bra R post Rune!
Fine bilder og meget innholdsrik.
Terningkast 6.

Ida said...

Rune- "on the top of the world". ;) Cute.
Great supplements.
Original and very informative R post! :)

My R

Judy said...

Lovely R post. I also like your G.

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Hurra for R-Rune! Så søt du var! Flotte bilder og flotte R'er!
Som de sier: Well done!:)

Gary said...

Great.

Texas Travelers said...

This is a great post.
I loved it.
Thanks for sharing all the information.

I have about 10-12 copies of Lord of the Rings all with different covers. Every time I buy a new set, I read it again.

Come visit our R's.
Troy

quinttarantino said...

So I see you are an admirer of Tolkien too ... and when you were gone for fishing, did you take a book with you?

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Oh wow... just adore that Gone Fishing sign... hehe... I needed that all weekend and goes perfect for my "R" post. What a fantastic story you have here and wonderful photo ... such a cutie! =)

R&J said...

That was a good reading, thanks for sharing!
Greetings from another R

Neva said...

Awww Rune....what a great post! and I Love your gone fishing sign!!! Congratulations on your first round..isn't it fun? I figured you would do your name...or at least I hoped you would!

Patty said...

Very interesting post. Love that photo of you as a child.

Picturing of Life said...

wow...is that you when you was child :D Great photos for all of them

Will you visit mine Thanks

Katney said...

So, is that where you were for G?

Your investigation of your name and its roots is excellent and you were a charming young man (still charming while older.)

naturglede said...

Så vakkert bilde da, det var som et gammelt rekalmefoto fra landet. Likte det siste også:)

Gary said...

Great post Rune. Very informative.

Gary

Miss_Yves said...

Congratulations for your rational analysis!
miss Yves

ArneA said...

Enig med Kjersti, du var virkelig søt.
Rart hvordan tiden påvirker en.
Men hyggelig er du åkkesom

AnnetteK said...

Så flotte R-bilder.
Flott løsning!

evlahos said...

this is wonderful. a very beautiful and interesting post to discover what Rune is.

babooshka said...

A fabulous r collection, packed with lots of info. The pub the Hobbits used to frequent is based on a pub I used to go into, in my native Birmingham called the Ivy. Sadly no Hobbits or Wizards where there when I was in.

Kostas said...

Splendid old B&W your photo Rune! very good choice for the ABC!

Gordon said...

Rune - related to the alphabet; it is no wonder you are so good with words. A very informative post!

Abraham Lincoln said...

Interesting post and read.

mylittlephotonook said...

Hello Rune!
There you are on the little stone, so nice an pretty with a lamb in your arms.....
Fine post today!

Louis la Vache said...

Perfect choice for ABC Wednesday for you, Rune!

Your name exists in your next door neighbor country, too. A Swedish fellow that attends the Lutheran parish M. et Mme. la Vache belong to is also named Rune.

Daryl said...

I wondered if you'd use yourself .. :-Daryl

Nydia said...

I always wanted to know about the origin of your name, thanks for that! :) I'm a big fan of Tolkien too, I read TLOR when I was pregnant. I didn't thought about runes to post, what a good idea... They are really very used on many paganism traditions as a form of divination or protection (being pagan/Wiccan, I've used them many time only for myself, but never for others, and I don't like when people ask money for a natural gift). In my office and at home I have some protective runes on the wall, and Algiz is my favorite one. One of the beauties about the world is diversity.
Kisses from Nydia.

mrsb said...

Ah! I didn't even think of runes! I have a collection of ones I've made - out of stones, wood and even a piece of shed dear antler.

Great "R"!

mrsnesbitt said...

What a fantastic post...a fitting anniversary celebration.
Thanks for your wonderful contributions, long may they continue!

GAWO said...

Sø søt du var som liten. Lurer på hvor gammel du er på det bildet. 6 år kanskje. Du ser ut til å ha bestemt deg for å bli bonde, men så ble du ikke det....

Klart R måtte bli Rune idag.
Og G`n som du mistet er for... ? Ja nå kan du lure :-)

photowannabe said...

Terrific post and I love that you are "related" to the alphabet. Great thought...thanks for telling us a little about yourself and I love your picture as a young child.

Louis la Vache said...

Rune - your comment at San Francisco Bay Daily Photo about the heat - such temperatures are unusual in the Bay Area - especially in May. The year-round average temperature is 65º F (14.5º C). We can have days that hot in August, particularly inland, but along the Bay, it is very unusual.

Ackworth Born said...

I had a vaque notion of what runes were before I read your post. Now I know a little more.

Truls said...

En av de beste R-ene som finnes er Rune!

naturglede said...

Hei du, så du var innom min Abc. Tusen takk! Du har helt rett, det er ikke et norskt tog, men et svenskt. Vi bor ikke langt fra grensa, og det var så fint ved skinnegangen den dagen. Måtte jo titte inn og forklare mgd da.Ha en fortsatt fin kveld:)

Old Wom Tigley said...

Great post Rune.. related to an alphabet now that can not be better. :O)

nonizamboni said...

A delightful post! And informative. Congratulations on covering the whole alphabet.
Hope the fish are biting!

leslie said...

Very informative. We teach runes in our 4th grade Social Studies unit. :D

kbbryant said...

Clever post for R. Lots of interesting information.

Hurray for finishing the alphabet.

Kathy b

kml said...

What a great post! Very interesting!

Alan said...

Fun and informative. Thank you for not typing your post in runes - my computer cannot translate them. :)

Andrea said...

Interesting R post. Like the old photo too.

Sara said...

Very interesting lesson about your first name. I was familiar with the Tolkien runes, of course...and I agree with you on the last part about neopaganism, etc!

Congratulations on completing one round of the alphabet! You are inspiring me to perhaps give that one a try soon.

Sara

Paulie said...

How did I miss your ABC post on Wednesday? I don't know. Maybe I had trouble downloading it. Anyway, glad I saw it before it disappeared. It was very interesting! What an adorable childhood photo!