About this project
Fate of the Norns - Iron Runes of Power is a unique and beautiful offering that brings forth the mystic runes of the ancient Vikings. Almost 2000 years ago, on the snow covered shores of Northern Europe, the Voelvas (diviners/shamans) began to cast the runes in order to gain insight into the future. It is said that the Norns (the 3 fates) dictate the destiny of men, and the runes can afford a glimpse into the tapestry of fate which they weave.
Andrew Valkauskas is a die-hard fan and scholar of everything historical and mythical relating to the Vikings. Over the past 20+ years Andrew has pulled together a vast body of knowledge on their history and beliefs. His passion and desire for excellence are clearly evident in the Fate of the Norns line of products... Fate of the Norns- Iron Runes of Power is no exception!
This is a unique and beautiful set of 25 silver stainless steel Elder Futhark runes. The spectacular designs are illustrated by Juraj Kopacka. There are 24 runes split into 3 Aetts. Each Aett is colour coded for easier identification. The physical Aett is represented in blood red, the mental Aett is painted serene blue and finally the spiritual Aett is verdant green. There is also a 25th rune that carries no symbol or colour and represents the great Void Ginnungagap (or can be used as a spare in case a rune is lost). The 25 runes come with a stunning official black velvet pouch sporting a Fate of the Norns logo.
The Fate of the Norns- Diviner book that accompanies these runes (at specified pledge levels) explains the meaning of the runes and the methods that can be used to perform some personal divination using your personal set of runes. These easy to follow instructions outline the runes and their meanings, the methods for performing the Wyrd (drawing the runes out of the bag at random) and ascertaining the results.
The Norns are the three Viking fates. Their names are Urd, Verdandi and Skuld. At every man's birth, they hold conference and decide his future. It is said that even the gods themselves are destined to follow the fate of the Norns. The runes tap into the primordial well of Mimir the wise and bring enlightenment and wisdom to mankind.
The earliest mention of runic symbols was from early Roman texts describing the rituals and divinations of the Northmen. The runic symbols and the size of the alphabet fluctuated greatly over the centuries indicating cultural shifts and harmonic states of consciousness. From the rune circles in Sweden to the Jelling stones in Denmark, we discern almost an apex of enlightened consciousness that coincides with the formation of the Elder Futhark set of runic symbols.
We have created these wondrous runes on wood and stone already, and now it is time to immortalize them on a material that is as indestructible as their influence! Cast in brilliant stainless steel, this rune set will remain pristine, even after your 1000th Wyrd.
The project funds are required to create 25 moulds for the runic set as well as to create a small production run. The larger the order, the lower the price per set. Stretch goals would enable us to start adding bonus sets to everyone's pledge levels.
These runes are 100% compatible with the Fate of the Norns: Ragnarok line of games. Measuring 3cm x 2xm, they fit perfectly on the play-mat. The runes are also attracted by magnets, allowing us to create future play-mats as magnetic mats. The tactile feel from these runes is great: enough weight to give a sense of satisfaction when performing the Wyrd, but also light enough to carry around with ease.
Our manufacturer is ready to produce them, so they will make great Holiday gifts come December!
2 More bonus stretch goals:
Coming in at the $4,000 stretch goal the official Fate of the Norns ring is back as an extra for +$100! It's the 20th FOTN anniversary commemorative ring that is hand made with 100% sterling silver. A real beauty and limited to 2013 production only!
Our second bonus stretch goal is at $5,000 and it's a rune card deck using the stunning designs of Nick Cragoe! The front and back designs unique to the FOTN Futhark runes. The deck will be an extra priced at +$5. We will e-mail you a discount code where you will be able to order the deck at the print-on-demand wholesale cost (roughly $2+shipping). Know that you help bring another great Viking product to market! :)
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At $4k we have added 2 new exciting pledge levels:
NORN NIGHT - Andrew provides your group with all the game materials needed and runs you and your friends through an adventure at the level of your choosing. You also get 12 rune sets at -60% off MSRP and the DIVINER book. Each player will need access to a webcam, internet and a computer than can run Google Hangouts.
THOR'S HERALD - We manufactured a life size Mjolnir in 2012. It was made from solid iron and used industrial welding which resulted in a staggering weight of 90 lbs! The look was completed with a cowhide leather wrap as well as engraving of "Fate of the Norns" and runes into the head of the hammer. It accompanied the demo teams to over a dozen conventions and was bought by a hometown patron this fall. So we got to work on a second Mjolnir right away and it is half way there. We will probably number the hammers to ensure each is a unique collector's item. We want to to offer it up to anyone who wants to become our honoured top donor for this project. You also get all the best treats from our top tier pledge level. We will list you on our website as a Fate of the Norns patron in our brand new hall of fame and you get a piece of Fate of the Norns history in full size and weight!
Risks and challenges
The risks are minimal, as we are very well versed in the manufacture of rune stones (see previous project). We will be dealing with a manufacturer we have dealt with in the past and we have a proof copy already in hand.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We can give you rough numbers now as it is only half complete. The handle is 14" and the head of the hammer is 6"x6"x12" and the weight is over 100 lbs. Some of it will be shaved off as the edges get beveled. Our previous life size hammer is a very close approximation.
The 9 rune set pledge levels get +3 free sets
The 5 rune set pledge levels get +2 free sets
The 3 rune set pledge levels get +1 free set
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