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Rune   /run/   Listen

Any character from an ancient Germanic alphabet used in Scandinavia from the 3rd century to the Middle Ages.  Synonym: runic letter.

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"Rune" Quotes from Famous Books

... bridge That leadeth every way to man's desire, And ocean the wide gate to manful luck.' And then with that resolve his heart was bent, Which, like a humming shaft, through many a stripe Of day and night, across the unpathwayed seas Shot the brave prow that cut on Vinland sands The first rune in the ...
— The Complete Poetical Works of James Russell Lowell • James Lowell

... of the Stone Book, as the rocky layers of the earth have been called, and the blue hieroglyphic page of heaven, also, are more intelligibly read by the aid of the mythic glosses of old religion, of Saga, Rune, and Voluspa. They spell the telluric records aright in their own peculiar language. The assaults of the Typhons and Joetuns upon the celestial dynasty, and their attempts to scale the fiery citadels of the gods by making ladders of mountains, ...
— Atlantic Monthly, Volume 3, Issue 15, January, 1859 • Various

... against the gibbous moon, Piercing the silence velvet-piled, A lone wolf howls his ancient rune, The fell ...
— Songs of a Sourdough • Robert W. Service

... like some mysterious rune, Its beauty makes emphatic with the moon, Thou lutest us no immaterial tune: But where dim whispers haunt the cane and corn, By thy still strain made strong, Earth's awful avatar,—in whom is born Thy own deep music,—labors all ...
— Poems • Madison Cawein

... against the gibbous moon, Piercing the silence velvet-piled, A lone wolf howls his ancient rune — The fell ...
— The Spell of the Yukon • Robert Service

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