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Throw the runes

The Throw-The-Runes (TTR) is an online tool to throw the runes for divination purposes. It generates three random runes as used in a common three-runes pattern, representing the Norns (past-present-future). Feel free to ask a question in your mind or out loud and let the Norns show you the runes.

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Q. Online rune reading? Does that even work?
A. It depends on your perception of the runes and divination. If you believe that by asking the gods or the norns for an answer, then the way they answer is irrelevant. Be it via hand-made wooden runes, rune cards or via a random online tool or anything else really. They will answer via the path available. Thus it matters little if you do this via your own made runes, or an online tool. Naturally it can matter to you as you might feel your own runes are more attuned to you personally.

Q. How does this work?
A. Right now the TTR only uses the Norn spread, which consists of three runes. The rune on the far left (Urð) is the rune of that which has come to pass. The middle rune is the rune of Verðandi; the rune of what is coming to pass right now, what is forming at this moment. The last rune is the rune of that which is yet to come, a direct result from the previous two runes and your actions and choices related to your question (Sculd).

Q. Wait, there is no explanation?!
A. Nope. This tool was made to throw the runes, assuming you have the capacity to read them yourself. There are a lot of online tools that provide explanations or custom readings for the novice. I might add my own interpretations at some point, but that will be later.

Q. The names are different?
A. I have used the original Proto-Germanic renderings as originally given by Wolfgang Krause. These may differ from the more commonly used ones in neo-pagan books. The actual names of the runes have never been found and have been created in a scientific language, which is Proto-Germanic (scientific as in created by linguists as they felt the original language must have sounded. There is no proof that these are the actual used names). My source for these names is the excellent book Runen, een helder alfabet uit duistere tijden by Dr. Marlies Philippa and Dr. Aad Quack.

Q. Is there a blank rune?
A. No. There is no blank rune in this tool, nor will there be.

Q. Are there inverted runes?
A. No. There are no inverted runes. I feel the runes are powerful enough to tell you what you need to know. Inversion is thus not necessary.

Q. Can you make this to use the younger futhark, Anglo-Saxon, etc?
A. I plan to yes. But for now, it will use the Elder Futhark as it is most commonly used. I am planning on adding: Q. Only a three-rune reading? I usually use other patterns...
A. I plan to add an 8-wheel reading as well as a 9 rune reading somewhere in the future.