|On the Bindrune pages
you will find both practical and personal bindrunes.
The example on the left is a bind for personal wealth and security. To learn more about practical bindrunes and see some examples, click here, or use the main navigation menu.
This bindrune includes Kauno, Jera and Tiwaz, representing the initials CJT.
To find out how these are constructed,
or use the "Personal Bindrunes" link button above.
The Futhark (or Futhorc)
How did this name come about? Same way as the name alphabet came about, I guess. The word alphabet is made up of the first two letters in the Greek alphabet, Alpha and Beta. Those were the Greek names for A and B. I guess everybody knows that.
So naming the rune set follows the same principle. We take the first six runes Fehu, Uruz, Thurisaz, Ansuz, Raido and Kauno - put the sounds they represent together, and they make the word Futhark. (The Th sound is represented by just one rune, Thurisaz).
Why are these the first six runes? I don't know. Nobody knows. You might just as well ask why did the Greeks decide to have Alpha and Beta as their first two letters? Why didn't they choose Omega and Delta? I don't suppose anyone knows the answer to that, either.
The fact remains that the ancients most frequently wrote the rune set in the order I have put them in, with Fehu, Uruz, Thurisaz, Ansuz, Raido and Kauno as the first six.
There are many examples of this on rune relics and monuments. Writing the full Futhark on large objects was used as a magic formula for invoking rune power. On smaller items like jewelry and tools there wasn't room for the full Futhark, so the first six letters were inscribed instead.
I am often asked to translate runes into modern letters, which isn't as easy as you might think. The Anglo-Saxons
(and I'm talking here about the people who lived in Eastern Britain from 400-1000AD) didn't use the
same sounds we do today. They had some we don't use, and we have some that they didn't have. In any case, here is a table
giving my own rendering of the letter equivalents: