To the Vikings, the runes were more than just a written script, they were a powerful tool for magic, for those that knew how to use them.
Odin, the god of war, wisdom, and sorcery, hung himself from the life tree Yggdrasil for nine days and nine nights in order to learn the secrets of the runes, which he shared with mankind.
Some of the Viking knowledge of the runes has been preserved in some medieval Icelandic grimoires. In these magical texts, the runes are joined together into staves to create magical symbols.
One of the most famous magical symbols from the grimoires is Vegvisir, also known as the Norse compass. It was believed that anyone who uses the symbol can always find their way, even if they do not know where it is going.
It was a popular symbol for travelers exploring the world, and on an internal journey of self-discovery.
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