27 Apr The people who rune
The Hellirunar describes people who ‘rune’ (Speak, sing, whisper) with Hel/Helja, the goddess and realm of the underworld. “Hell”, in its original meaning is the hidden realm, the dark and foggy place where the dead and unborn dwell. Often the term is used in a sinister meaning. The bischop Wulfila mentions a group of Haljarunae who were evicted by King Filimer because of their sorceries. (Filimer was an early Gothic pagan king). In old Norse Helruna (female) and Helruni (male) means someone who is familiar, possibly intimate with, the goddess Hel or her hidden realm.