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What do the "runes" on this pendant say?

Sorry to say, it's actually nothing more than the Elder Futhark, the eldest of the runic alphabets. You can read more on it on Wikipedia. A good giveaway that it doesn't "say" anything is the lack of ...
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What do the "runes" on this pendant say?

As others said, the symbols spell the runic alphabet from the Elder Futhark. They circle Yggdrasil, the mythical tree that connects the nine worlds in Norse cosmology, where Odin hung himself in order ...
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What is the meaning of this rune/symbol?

The symbol is a form of a the triquetra, a sort of loop with three "leaves". It's close in form to the triskelion, which is a sort of spiral with three symmetrical heads. Those are just general names ...
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What is the meaning of the apparently runic symbol carved on (former Nazi agriculture minister and SS officer) Walther Darré's grave?

It looks like a compound rune. Two symbols used by the SS. But also a few more. According to the chart, looks like D. Ger-Rune with F. Wolfsangel (variant) crossing over the middle line of the ...
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Hugin and Muninn in runes

Of course you can write their names in runes; runes is simply another alphabet (or rather: several alphabets). Here's what it would look like, using the Younger futhark: ᚼᚢᚴᛁᚾ Hugin ᛘᚢᚾᛁᚾ Munin (...
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Is a runic manuscript of the Heimskringla realistic?

First: would a manuscript written in runes be plausible at all? Sure; the Scanian law, the first Scandinavian landskapslag to be written down, was in runic script. Secondly: Were runes known on ...
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What do the "runes" on this pendant say?

This is literally the Elder Futhark runic alphabet spelled out. In other words it's the equivalent of "ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ"
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Rune Identification needed for tattoo

None. At least none that we know the Norse would be able to recognize. Runes are typically made with one vertical line an some straight lines attached to it. Curves such as the above were only used ...
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Is this stylized version of the world turtle part of any known lore?

This seems like a modern reinterpretation of the Lo Shu Square using symbols from western alchemy. The Lo Shu Square is a magic 3x3 square of numbers which according to a Chinese legend appeared on ...
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Have runes ever been used to bring someone back to life?

Not exactly We probably come closest in Balder's dreams: Balder dreams of being killed, and thus Odin rides to Hel and wakes the corpse of a Völva to find what it means. However, while is not clearly ...
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How do you say and write "Question" in Norse?

Questions have very important meaning in the Eddas; large parts of them are structured around a question-answer format (e.g. Gylfaginning in Snorri's Edda and Vafþrúðnismál in the Poetic Edda). This ...
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Is this stylized version of the world turtle part of any known lore?

To add on the answer by @Gullintani. The middle sigil is Odins enchanted spear Gungnir. From the 18th century Icelandic manuscript NKS 1867 4to
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What does these runes say?

As explained, the runes say "not all who wander are lost" (in English and in a very nonrunic mode) a line referring to Aragorn. The two ravens are most likely Huginn and Muninn, Oðin's birds that ...
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What are the runes for "[name] carved this runes"?

The Elder Futhark was in use ca 100-800 CE, mostly in Scandinavia, but also in (modern) Germany, Eastern Europe and Britain. During this period, the Proto-Norse language changed tremendously. ...
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"Berserker" In the sagas

The word appears in various sagas, including Yngling's saga and Egill Skallagrímsson's saga and are often not very nice people. There is, indeed, a debate on whether the word originally comes from a ...
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"Berserker" In the sagas

I'm definitely not a translator, but if you're just looking for the places where the word occurs in translations, the Henry Adams Bellows translation of the Poetic Edda uses it several times (you can ...
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