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Rune Web Vitki is an independent non-political and non-racial Northern Tradition website aimed at supporting the solo rune practitioner throughout the World with the genuine practices of the North.  It is hoped to reawaken some the “Old Ways” of applying oneself in Northern magic as well as give new insight to rune workings in a renewed flame of light.   All are welcome who wish to support this website with their research on Northern Tradition articles, points of view, news or interests matters in raising folklore awareness about the true origins and usage of the runes.   This is not an easy task but it is hoped to correct many of the general misconceptions about the ancient worship of the Old Gods and Goddesses of the North and the true language of the runes encoded within these symbols.

                                        The Kylver stone

The Kylver stone is a rune stone whose official name is G. 88 dating to ca.400, found at the farm Kylver, Stånga, Gotland in 1903. The stone was a flat rock used for a grave, and the inscription was written on the inside of the grave, only visible to the corpse. One theory about this is that the runes had magic properties and should hinder the person in the grave from coming back, another theory is that the rock was scrap material used for practicing rune-carving.

The stone is inscribed with the earliest known sequential listing of the 24 runes of the Old Futhark. After the last rune follows an unknown spruce-like rune commonly believed to be a modified Tyr rune. At a separate space the word (sulius or sueus) is inscribed. The meaning of this latter word is unknown, but is assumed to associated with magic. (Also note that the small inscription uses the younger fuþark version of the s-rune.)

Vadstena bracteate

The Vadstena bracteate (or rather bracteates since there are two of them) is a gold bracteate found in the earth at Vadstena in 1744. A goldsmith was about to recycle the gold by melting the bracteate but was hindered by a local clergyman, so that it was preserved. It is believed to have been coined at the end of the 6th century. In the middle of the bracteate is a mans head on top of a four-legged animal, and in front of this chimera (creature), a bird separated from the other image by a line. It is mostly famous since it contains a full listing of the Elder Futhark runic alphabet. The entire inscription reads: luwatuwa fuþarkgw; hnijepRs; tbemlngo[d] It ends therefore by a Futhark (where we can see that Othala precedes Dagaz) and where the three aetts are very well marked.

Remarkable is the occurrence of two times b - instead of b and p. luwatuwa is according to Antonsen (1975:72) uninterpretable, and Krause (1971:171) remarks: "magische Doppelformel... Deutung ist nicht möglich" Lundeby & Williams (1992:17). It is generally accepted by scholars that luwa-tuwa is clearly a magical formula where luwa means ‘on earth’ and tuwa ‘to the sky’. (Antonsen does not interpret luwa-tuwa) ‘On earth and to the sky, the Futhark’, or if read as tuwatuwa ‘Twice to the sky, the Futhark The last rune (d) is hidden below the necklace holder piece that has been moulded on top of the bracteate, but is certain since in 1906 a duplicate bracteate was found, also at Vadstena. The first part of the inscription is uninterpreted but is assumed to be associated with magic. Both bracteates are presently stored at Historiska Muséet, the Swedish Museum of History.

Dedication

Heathenry has been described as the pre-Christian religion of the ancient Germanic peoples whilst it’s later day definition into the modern suggest the 21st century reconstruction of that religion firmly based on the actual beliefs or interpretations of perceived religions within specific pre-Christian cultures. The one thing I am pretty sure of is that heathenry was not 19th Century Identity seeking Nationalism. This website is dedicated to all heathen folks and in particular, those who maintain the surviving traditions of runemasters or Wolvas in existence today. These heathen folk help to keep alive the forgotten oral traditions or “Elder Ways” of the North.  I also raise a horn high to all my academic kinsmen/kinswomen who are dedicated fellow researchers of rune lore and are helping to bring in a new renaissance of accurate literature on runes and heathenism. I salute all these brave hearts who touch hands with their Gods standing strong alone in their faith requiring no ego cult status, reward or recognition for their work.  Dedication to research in rune lore have enabled others who would listen, rediscover vital pieces of that great puzzle which goes into mapmaking what was lost in antiquity - the real secret of the runes.  In the search for authenticity, rune scholars and lay scholars often face ridicule, rebuttals, envy and are even feared as a threat for their knowledge often challenging the status quo of established thinking within neo-pagan literature. They are the unsung heroes of the Northern Tradition and it is to such as these that I hail!

It is my hope that this site provides a fresh outlet for such pioneering vanguards who dare question their faith but are also willing to share their views with the common folk so that we may all grow with real knowledge of the Northern Gods and Goddesses and grasp the life runes.   May you find your truths during your journey on Midgard and laugh death in the face at journey’s end in order that you may join with your kinfolk in the Halls of Valhalla where the brave may live forever. My congratulations also goes out to all the folks who contributed or aided to the reformation of the New Northvegr Center which promises to be a boon to heathens and researchers  on the Old Norse Religion the world over.

Rig Svenson


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