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’
- ‘Tucked into the foundation of one Old Town building you can see an old Viking rune stone.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He also left a large monument, the Jelling rune stone, in memory of his parents.’
2A small stone, piece of bone, etc., marked with a rune and used in divination.‘a set of 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.’
- ‘This is often done through tools such as cards, dice, rune stones, nuts, sticks, coins, or any number of methods.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In addition to a hoodless robe, prisoners can keep a flexible twig as a wand, a chalice and rune stones.’
- ‘If we denounce the 60s we should also denounce New Labour - crystal balls, rune stones, primal screams and all.’
- ‘Students are advised to purchase a PVC rod, a protection charm, special incense resin, rune stones and herbs for making potions.’
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