They brought with them their set of ancient symbols known as the
runes. Originally there were
24 runes and they are collectively known as "the Futhark".
People used runes for writing messages, inscriptions and epitaphs; as amulets and charms; as an oracle for use
in divination; and for rituals, magic and spells.
You can learn all about runes right here on the Runemaker website. Use the
main menu (top left on every page) to navigate.
Download fonts and e-books, order
artwork or transcription services, and browse the retrospective pages about rune products such as
amulets, rune sets, gandrs (wands) and the runic dowsing pendulums that I used to make.