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Runes

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The earliest alphabet in use among the Gothic tribes of Northern Europe. The characters were employed either for purposes of secrecy or for divination. Rûn is Gaelic for “secret,” and helrûn means “divination.”

There were several sorts of runes in Celtic mythology: as (1) the Evil Rune, employed when evil was invoked; (2) the Securable Rune, to secure from misadventure: (3) the Victorious Rune, to procure victory over enemies; (4) Medicinal Rune, for restoring to health the indisposed, or for averting danger; and (5) the Maledictory Rune. to bring down curses on enemies. (Compare Balaam and Balak.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Runs
Runs may Read (He that)
Running
Running Footman
Running Leather
Running Thursday
Running Water
Running the Hood
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Runic Rhymes
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Rupert of Debate
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