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Healing Rune History
by Fire_Opal

An aura of mystery will always surround the origins and sacred use of the Runes, an alphabetic script used by the ancient Germanic and Norse peoples. According to tradition, the Runes were Odin's gift to humanity. Odin was the principal deity in the pantheon of the Norse Gods. His name derives from the Old Norse for "wind" and "spirit." In the legend, Odin hung for 9 nights and days on Yggdrasil, the Tree of the World, wounded by his own blade, tormented by hunger, thirst and pain, unaided and alone until he spied the Runes, and with a tremendous effort seized them up.