deoridhe: (Runic Eclipse)
This is for [livejournal.com profile] athenemiranda.

We get the runes from Odin, but he wasn't the creator of them. Instead, Odin put himself through an ecstacy rite - one which would be lethal for a mortal. With a spear through the chest, he hung from a tree for nine nights, and then - with a great cry - scooped up the runes. Kindly, he later had them taught to a son of Earl, and from thence came them to us.

For the purpose of this debate, "magic" is defined as "altering the tides of chance in your favor." An example would be, making a rune for fertility and having your tank population of fish double in two weeks... not that I tested that, or anything. A chance occurance - could happen randomly - but still... eerily coincidental.

I have my own thoughts for why and how runes work to alter chance in the favor of the user (if used well), and they tie directly back into how Odin found the runes.

To reach for wisdom, not for bread. )

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