The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Complete A-Z for the Entire Magical World - Judika Illes 2005
Runes are a Nordic magical and spiritual system incorporating what is frequently described as an “alphabet,” although that is not exactly accurate and only begins to suggest the power of the runes.
Runes are a system of sacred symbols. Runic alphabets are known as a futhark. The oldestknown full futhark is the Elder Futhark or the Common Germanic Futhark and consists of 24 runic characters in a specific order, in the manner that an alphabet has letters arranged in specific order.