The Scandinavian Elder Futhark is the oldest form of runic alphabets. Long before these runes were used to communicate thoughts or to commemorate a life, they were used in a magical sense, often to invoke the favor of the gods or even ward off their attentions. Stacking or conjoining the runes created what was known as a 'bindrune' - enhancing the magical power(s) of the runes used to create it, for many everyday purposes - protection from evil or one's enemies, good luck, success in business, and a healthy childbirth, to name a few. Available here are wooden pendants created from fine and exotic hardwoods, beautifully decorated and finished, for use as pendant necklaces, keychains, zipper charms, etc. Each charm was created with a powerful laser engraver, then assembled and finished by hand. Customers may select whether to have the pendant ship on a braided leather necklace (brown), or with a 1-inch keyring and small chain.
These pendants are IN STOCK and READY TO SHIP; in the photos, there is a selection chart with the available pendants numbered and titled which corresponds to the drop-down selector. In the case of an "Out of Stock" item, please message me; if the wood is readily available I can make another like the one requested in 1-3 business days.
Each pendant or charm is created from two pieces of thin hardwood; a 1/8-inch "backer", with a 1/16-inch "overlay". In some cases, the backer may have a design engraved into the surface that shows through or even integrates with a similar design on the overlay. Border designs taken from historical or historically-inspired sources may also be engraved into the overlay surface. The two layers are adhered together with an adhesive specifically formulated for wood, and the edges and joins are fully sealed with the lacquer layer. These pendants are both beautiful and resilient; capable of many years of wear and use. Each pendant is 1.5-inches high by 1-inch wide, with a thickness of 3/16-inch. The corners and surfaces are sanded by hand to be very smooth, and the entire charm is lacquered with a quality satin. No pigmented stains are used; the color(s) of each charm is the actual wood color, be it canarywood, cherry, padauk, purpleheart, or walnut.
A note about runic meanings: As with most things from the ancient world, there is still much debate over the usage and in some cases, meanings of the individual runes. Many of the meanings described below come from the work of Edred Thorsson, a prominent scholar and rune master.
ELDER FUTHARK RUNES:
Othala: Power (aid from above)
Thurisaz: Strength (attributed to Thor)
Protection from Evil/Enemies: Ihwaz (Tree of Life, Yggdrasil) bound with Thurisaz (Strength)
Realization (of Ambition/Dream): Othala (Power, Sovereign Aid) bound with Isa (Creation, Matter)
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