From the beginnings of the scientific study of runes, questions concerning their magical nature have been raised. In this book Stephen Flowers puts this question in the context of current theories of magic for the first time. He approaches problems of runes and their connection to magical thinking from a structural standpoint based on linguistic models of communication. Certain formulas are isolated and analysed as to the possible ways in which they could be considered «magical» within the context of general conceptions of magic in archaic Germanic culture. Flowers'analysis of the runic evidence from the perspective of current theories of magic and the history of writing systems brings us a good measure closer to a comprehensive answer to the riddle of the runes.
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Descrizione libro Peter Lang Publishing. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. 0820403334 Very Good; Hardcover; 1987, Peter Lang Publishing; Nice condition; Covers still glossy with "straight" edge-corners, and just minor shelfwear to back cover; Handwritten notes in pencil inside back cover; Text pages clean & unmarked; Good binding with straight spine; Green & white covers with title in black lettering; 457 pages; "Runes and Magic: Magical Formulaic Elements in the Older Runic Tradition (American United Studies, Series I : Germanic Languages and Literature, Vol)," by Stephen E. Flowers. Codice libro della libreria SKU-32018207030