Runes were used as a means of communication, writing, telling fortunes, protection, and casting spells. The true age and origin of the runes is still shrouded in mystery. According to Norse mythology, Odin speared himself to a tree so that he could receive the knowledge of the script. Suspended for nine windy nights, he learned their mysteries, and these he passed on to his people. The word “rune” comes from Old Norse and means “Secret knowledge and wisdom”.