Wondrous Words Wednesday – Rune

Posted June 8, 2022 by elzaread in Wondrous Words Wednesday / 19 Comments

Greetings you guys! Welcome to another edition of Wondrous Words Wednesday! Hopefully by now you know that we are your friendly host for this fun bi-weekly meme. We took over this brilliant initiative from Bermuda Onion Blog just over a year ago and we are still having fun. We hope you can join us! The concept is fairly easy. All you need to do, is share any new (or new to you) words you came across this week and share them with us. You are also welcome to share words you simply want to show off to us. For more on Wondrous Words Wednesday, you can click here. There is a Mr. Linky attached at the bottom of this post if you’d like to make your own post and add your link. Or you can just leave your word for the week in the comment section.

As you will see from our About Page, my Mommy is a teacher/librarian and she’s mainly a language tutor. Afrikaans is our first language, so there are always new to us words out there. Sometimes those new to us words are part of my Mommy’s lessons as well. One of the words the kids at school really struggle with, is our chosen word for today:

It’s an old word and not a word that the kids at a Christian School will come across quite often I presume. My Mommy always tries to stick to the stanza in a poem definition. Not that I think they understand that very much either.

Let’s pay a visit to our dearest friend Merriam-Webster for a more detailed explanation of the word.

Definition of rune

1any of the characters of any of several alphabets used by the Germanic peoples from about the 3rd to the 13th centuries

3[Finnish runo, of Germanic origin; akin to Old Norse rūn]

aa Finnish or Old Norse poem

Illustration of rune

Illustration of rune

But the actual reason why we choose this word today, was because we came across it in our favorite feline mystery and magic series, Destiny Falls by Elizabeth Pantley

Loved this quote on Runes from the latest instalment, Old Bones and Ice Cream Cones:

“Runes are used to answer life’s questions and discern future events. They can take a path that is fuzzy and hidden in shadows and sharpen the image for us.”

We are trying to wreck our little brains here to think if we’ve read any other books with runes in, but it comes out blank today. Let us know if you can think of any books and let us know!

What words did you come across this past week? If you want to join in the Wondrous Words Wednesday bi-weekly posts, just add your link to the Mr. Linky provided, or leave it in the comment section.

Wordless Wednesday

We simply love joining up with Wordless Wednesday. From new words to no words, a perfect combination. Wordless Wednesday is hosted by Sandee @ Comedy Plus and it’s even more simple than Wondrous Words Wednesday.

Wordless Wednesday (WW) is a visual blogosphere phenomenon. Wordless Wednesday is a simple blog post featuring a photo which conveys a message that speaks for itself without using words. One thing for sure is this is a fun and easy meme to do. So come and join us in Wordless Wednesday.

My Mommy loves her job. She did actually intend to take things a bit slower this year, but so far she’s still running around like a crazy monkey. But she loves it, so she better stop complaining.

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!




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19 responses to “Wondrous Words Wednesday – Rune

  1. We are on Vikings right now for Will’s history and just read about a stone that was found in Maine that had runes carved onto it. Funny to come across this word twice in one day!

    • Oh that’s cool!! I am seriously considering explaining the word to the kids rather as these ancient, magical stones than as a stanza in a poem next time it pops up.

      Vikings! Interesting history!

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  2. mae

    The Tolkien books are full of runes. He invented one set of runes for the map the Dwarves used. This fit with his day job: he was a professor of English who specialized in medieval literature, one of the original sources of early runes.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

    • The kids love the balls!! But I just told Ellen that we have to restrict them to only sit on the balls for computer class, otherwise the whole class turns into a circus. And you won’t believe how many balls I had to replace over the years already…

      I love discovering new words and I so wish I knew it was such a popular theme in Lord of the Rings! Would gladly have used that book too.

  3. I love this word (and runes generally). Mysterious!

    Tolkien (of Lord of the Rings) was interested in runes too, and incorporated them to some extent in his invented languages I think.

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        • I would love for you to join WWW one day Greg! I’ve talked to one of my students who are the keenest Lord of the Rings reader and told him that perhaps we should do a buddy read this holiday….

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          • That sounds awesome. I was just looking at another blog where she’s reading it for the first time and she’s posting Reading Logs, sharing her impressions. Fun to read! Your buddy read sounds fun, and it’s a great way to share thoughts on those, I think.

            One of these days I probably will join WWW! I love the feature, I’m just trying to figure out my schedule now that I’m back to posting regularly again. It’s at the top of my list though!

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  4. Learning the meaning of words is a good thing. Thank you for that.

    Mom loves teaching and it shows. Look at those smiles.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

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  5. “Rune” is one of those words that I vaguely know and rarely come across. The book in which I remember seeing the most runes is The Hobbit. When I looked it up, here’s what I found: “Tolkien uses runes in The Hobbit as a phonetic alphabet, as they were originally used. When people first used runes they were designed for sounds that we no longer use, so they may look strange in translation, but give an idea of how the original language looked and sounded.”

    Thank you for keeping Wondrous Words going, Mareli!

    My post today is loosely connected to new words…constructed sculpture…collage…and Cubism.

    • Hi dear Debbie!!

      I have only read The Hobbit from The Lord of the Rings series. I really do need to read the rest of the series. So thanks for sharing that.

      I love Wondrous Words Wednesday, if all the renovations are done, I just want to spend a bit more time with it.

      Thanks for always taking part my friend!!

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