Runes shalt thou find, | and fateful signs,
That the king of singers colored,
And the mighty gods have made;
Full strong the signs, | full mighty the signs
That the ruler of gods doth write.
-Hávamál v143, Bellows translation
Runes Shalt You Find was created as a meditation on Verse 143 from "The Hávamál." It is one illustration out of "The Illustrated Hávamál," a book that I funded on Kickstarter with great success in March of 2016.
As a reward for the Kickstarter, a series of high-end Limited Edition silkscreen prints were created for "Odin in a Windy Tree." The prints turned out amazingly! As a part of the Kickstarter 100 program and as a follow-up to the Limited Edition "Odin in a Windy Tree" silkscreen prints, I want to make another amazing print featuring "Runes Shalt You Find."
Each Limited Edition print will be silkscreened on 18" x 24" 100 lb French Paper, signed and numbered by the artist Sam Flegal. This edition will be of 100.
Tell me more about The Hávamál
"The Hávamál" is a collection of ancient Norse wisdom, thought to have been written down in about 1270 CE. The title, Hávamál, translates as “Sayings of Har.” Har is the High One, another name for Odin, hence the ancient text means “Sayings of the High One.” These sayings are a collection of poetry, offering insights and wisdom to help one lead an honorable life.
One theory about "The Hávamál" is that before it was written down, it represented a way to pass knowledge from one generation to the next. These wise sayings were done in verse in order to work as a mnemonic devise. As a youth transitioned to adulthood, part of his rite of passage would be to memorize the lore of his people. The same way that songs and rhymes make things easier to remember today, much of the lore and wisdom of the tribe was passed down in verse.
With the Christianization of the North, scholars took it upon themselves to preserve their ancient culture by writing down these verses. The greatest collection of preserved poetry is "The Poetic Edda," one section of which is "The Hávamál."
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