Runes and their Origin. Denmark and Elsewhere
by Erik Moltke
Nationalmuseets forlag (The National Museum of Denmark), Copenhagen, Denmark, 1985
When Erik Moltke died in 1984 he had become by far Denmark's most prominent runologist and this totally comprehensive work proves his status to be only fair and valid. Although he always was known for having his very own theories, his entertaining style of writing really makes up for that. Moltke looked to a largely Latin source for the runic characters, suggested a runic origin in Denmark. His argument may not have been wholly uninformed by patriotism, but is lent considerable weight by the fact that virtually all runic inscriptions pre-dating CE400 are Scandinavian, with only few inscriptions found in northern Germany and the Gothic regions of eastern Europe. Most of the Danish runic material is presented here, not only transcribed and translated but it comes along with a lot of good b/w photographs and there's hardly any aspect left unmentioned. An excellent and highly recommendable book.
Paperback: 553 pages. Publisher: Nationalmuseets Forlag (19 Mar. 1981)Language: English ISBN-10: 8748005789ISBN-13: 978-8748005785
This book is rare and currently out of print. Estimated copy price if you can find one in an antiquarian bookshop is around $1000 US dollars or much more.