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Runic Lore and Legend


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Table of Contents

Our Picture of Past Times

The Kingdom of Northumbria
A Brief History

The Spirit Landscape of Northumbria

Northumbrian Geomancy
The Year, Time, and Space

Runes and Consciousness
Weaving the Web of Wyrd

The Runes of Northumbria

The First Airt of the Northumbrian Runes

The Second Airt of the Northumbrian Runes

The Third Airt of the Northumbrian Runes

The Fourth Airt of the Northumbrian Runes

Runes in Magic and Encryption

Magical Symbols and Artifacts of Old Northumbria

Legendary and Magical History

The Outlaw Archers

Otherworldly Beings of the Northumbrian Landscape
Boggarts, Hobs, Brownies, and Bogeymen

Ancestral Treasures




About the Author

Nigel Pennick is an authority on ancient belief systems, traditions, runes, and geomancy and has traveled and lectured extensively in Europe and the United States. He is the author and illustrator of more than 50 books, including The Pagan Book of Days and Pagan Magic of the Northern Tradition. The founder of the Institute of Geomantic Research and the Library of the European Tradition, he lives near Cambridge, England.


"In Runic Lore and Legend: Wyrdstaves of Old Northumbria, Pennick delivers the most thorough account of Anglo-Saxon history, mythology, and cosmology. His ability to weave their narrative into the use of the Northumbrian Runes and reveal their modern relevance is nothing less than magickal." * S. Kelley Harrell, author of Runic Book of Days *
"Nigel Pennick is one of the greatest living runic experts, bringing meticulous research and a profound magical understanding to his subject. This important book examines the distinctive Anglo-Saxon Futhark of Northumbria, essentially setting the thirty-three runes in the context of both time and place." * Anna Franklin, author of Pagan Ways Tarot *
"The magical runes of England have, ironically, been the most neglected of all the runic alphabets in writings in the English language. To have one of the leading authors on the wisdom of the runes pen this comprehensive manual on the Northumbrian wyrdstaves is a most valuable gift to all who follow the Northern Tradition. Pennick's weaving of local history and lore around the runes illuminates his subject in a way that no other book has been able to achieve." * Richard Rudgley, author of The Return of Odin: The Modern Renaissance of Pagan Imagination *
"Nigel Pennick is a true initiate who can demonstrate to the reader how nature and cosmos correlate to each other. He explains runes, medieval traditions, and Celtic magic in a pedagogic way that helps us understand how these topics are universal--something that gives us knowledge about ourselves and is of highest relevance for humankind today. I regularly return to Nigel Pennick's books and am delighted to add Runic Lore and Legend: Wyrdstaves of Old Northumbria to my shelf." * Thomas Karlsson, Ph.D., author of Nightside of the Runes *
"This book is far more than the cover promised--had I seen this in a bookshop I could have easily passed it over for something that appeared less intimidating but to have done so would have denied me the delightful, personable yet incredibly intelligent and thorough writing of this author... " * Em Chuter, Pagan Dawn: Journal of the Pagan Federation *

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