The magical powers of runes were invoked, and the Ahnenerbe logo features rune-style lettering.
Then Egil examined the bed, and found a piece of whalebone with runes on it.
Regin began to talk, but his speech was old and strange and filled with runes.
Here on a plaster cast is an inscription written in strange letters, 'runes' or 'mysteries' as they are called.
Sighvat put a stone on the top, with runes on it telling whose grave it was.
The runes told them of a heaven that was above Asgard, of Gimli, that was untouched by Surtur's fire.
runes were cut on the handle of the spear, telling the duties of foster-brothers.
"Patience," said Hnir; and Odin again took out his book of runes.
No one could decipher the runes, but everybody suspected what they meant.
The runes were sometimes used as ordinary letters, without any thought of the old connection with magic.
Old English run, rune "secret, mystery, dark mysterious statement, (secret) council," also "a runic letter" (runstæf), from Proto-Germanic *runo (cf. Old Norse run "a secret, magic sign, runic character," Old High German runa "a secret conversation, whisper," Gothic runa), from PIE *ru-no-, source of technical terms of magic in Germanic and Celtic (cf. Gaelic run "a secret, mystery, craft, deceit, purpose, intention, desire," Welsh rhin "a secret, charm, virtue." Cf. also Runnymede.
The word entered Middle English as roun and by normal evolution would have become Modern English *rown, but it died out mid-15c. when the use of runes did. The modern usage is from late 17c., from German philologists who had reintroduced the word in their writings from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish rune, from Old Norse run). The runic alphabet is believed to have developed by 2c. C.E. from contact with Greek writing, with the letters modified to be more easily cut into wood or stone.
1. Anything that requires heavy wizardry or black art to parse: core dumps, JCL commands, APL or code in a language you haven't a clue how to read. Not quite as bad as line noise, but close.
Compare casting the runes, Great Runes.
2. Special display characters (for example, the high-half graphics on an IBM PC).