Cambridge University scholar R.I. Page is the last century's leading scholar on runes, and this monograph takes the reader from Scandinavia to England to the Isle of Man, focussing onheavily on language, letters and script formations. As part of this wide view, Page gives many short but intense studies of rune-inscribed items, considering examples across a wide region. He dedicates one chapter of the book to a scholarly examination of runes as magic, which is an important chapter, grounded as it is in the author's magisterial comprehension of the material.
Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 1995 (1998). 346 pages, paperback. New.