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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-919909-5
    • 8.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 36 pages
  • Hardcover Edition
    • 978-1-03-919910-1
    • 8.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 36 pages
  • Keywords
    • Runes,
    • Elder Futhark,
    • Norse Runes,
    • Ancient rune translations,
    • Runic dictionary,
    • Rune meanings,
    • Simple rune dictionary

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The Elder Futhark for Kids
by Shadow Maven

Runes are a type of ancient alphabet: the ABCs for people who lived before the ABCs we know now were even invented! Vikings, and other people who lived in the north of Europe—in places like Germany, Norway, and Denmark—used these runes to write and decorate, but also for magic spells. The runes inside this book are the same runes people used hundreds of years ago: they cut them into stone and wood and embroidered them into cloth to say, “I was here.” Explorers, warriors, shieldmaidens, kings, and kids not so different from you all learned these runes, and passed them down through the ages—now here they are, drawn and described, so you can learn them too.

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Shadow Maven is a woman who loves letters. She’s been reading about these runes, and writing with them, and even learning about the magic they were used for, for more than twenty years. She loves words and learning new skills, and wanted to share that joy with you, by bringing you the book she would have loved to have when she was a kid. And it’s not just runes she wants to share: Shadow Maven has another book called The Crystal Alphabet, and she’s working on a sequel to this one to teach about how these runes were used for magic all those years ago. When she’s not reading and writing, Shadow Maven likes to paint, use tarot cards, and dreams of her cottage in the woods. She lives in British Columbia, Canada, with her daughter. You can find her and her work at


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