One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large stone carved with runes by ancient Scandinavians or Anglo-Saxons.‘two famous rune stones stand outside the church’
- ‘A rune stone put up by him in Västergötland in eastern Sweden in the late Viking age commemorates his wife's brothers ‘[who] met their deaths on active service in the East’.’
- ‘The Christianisation of Scandinavia in the 11th century gave women new roles, which are reflected in the rune stones from this period.’
- ‘Tucked into the foundation of one Old Town building you can see an old Viking rune stone.’
- ‘He also left a large monument, the Jelling rune stone, in memory of his parents.’
- ‘One thinks, for example, of the much more clearly understood and rather later rune stones of Sweden, with their memorial inscriptions, some of which record good works and ownership.’
2A small stone, piece of bone, etc., marked with a rune and used in divination.‘a set of rune stones’
- ‘If we denounce the 60s we should also denounce New Labour - crystal balls, rune stones, primal screams and all.’
- ‘This is often done through tools such as cards, dice, rune stones, nuts, sticks, coins, or any number of methods.’
- ‘In addition to a hoodless robe, prisoners can keep a flexible twig as a wand, a chalice and rune stones.’
- ‘Inside I had my rune stones, beads, shells, stones, dried rose petals, string, chalk, a compass, my dowsing crystal, bells, candles, incense and some necklaces I had made.’
- ‘Students are advised to purchase a PVC rod, a protection charm, special incense resin, rune stones and herbs for making potions.’
- ‘During the reading my psychic used such ancient arts as numerology, astrology, palmistry, tarot cards and rune stones and even found hidden meaning in the color of my tie.’
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