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Durham University

Department of English Studies

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Publication details for Professor John McKinnell

McKinnell, J., Simek, Rudolf. & Düwel, Klaus. (2004). Runes, Magic and Religion. A Sourcebook. Vienna: Fassbaender.

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Abstract

The present source book offers a survey of all types of runic inscriptions with religious or magical connotations from the earliest periods to the late Middle Ages, from Rune on weapons and jewellery to runic gravestones and Christian runic amulets. It is intended as a scholarly answer against the common misconception of the supposedly dominant use of runes in magic. The present volume is structured in 15 units which enable its use as an aid to teaching without being excessively comprehensive.

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