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(1927) [MARC] Author: Sigurd Agrell - Tema: Runic inscriptions
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horn probably at one time consisted of 13 bands of figures, as was the case with the undamaged Gallehus horn. The number 13 was especially sacred among the worshippers of Mithra and of Jupiter Dolichenus. Among the old Germans 13 was probably regarded as the sacred number of the star god Ullr, who at one time had a prominent place in Northern mythology.

Certain Anglo-Saxon runic inscriptions of mystical character reveal in principle the same system of alphabetical magic as the old Scandinavian runic monuments, but here one has to take a longer
series of numerical values into account, 1—28 or 1—33 instead of 1—24. The scramasax from the Thames shows a gematria based on the number 17, the number of the goddess Frigg and of the rune ᛒ. This number is hidden in the inscription in various ways. There is even a word there — probably a name — beginning with the 17th rune. (Cf. § 51.) The runic finger-ring from Greymoor Hill, Kingmoor, in the British Museum also shows an inscription with a complicated gematria. (Cf. § 69.)


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