At the risk of appearing immodest (which, for a Theodsman, is simply standard fare), the class was a huge success. It was easily the best-attended class at the event, with about two dozen people, and only a few drifted off (and those were folks who asked questions early, so probably came to ask their questions, got their answers, and left). I only had an hour, but covered:
- What are runes?
- How do we know the esoteric meanings of the runes?
- The futharks and their relationship with the rune poems
- The use of the word "rune" in the Havamal
- Archaeological evidence of runic talismans
- Bind runes
- Runic divination
- And a demonstration of stadthagaldr ("runic yoga")
A lot to cover in just an hour, and it felt to me like I was racing through things at warp speed, but folks really seemed to like it, and I got a lot of positive comments afterwards. It was sort of a survey of a survey, but I hope some important points got made, and the people in the audience got a taste of what more there is to be had if they delve more deeply into the runes. Which, for a class like this, is all that I can hope for.