Rúnatýr Kindred was founded back in December 2008. The first members, some of which have journeyed on, gathered to worship Wuodan and the ancestors under the Mother’s Night Moon. This was the first public event held by the Rúnafolk, the first of many more to come.
But what’s in a name? Why are we Rúnatýr Kindred?
The answer to that question is rather difficult to ascertain. The meaning of the Kindred’s name has fluctuated over time, taking on its own unique mythic character. You see, to be honest it was one of about a dozen possible candidates. After all, if we were going to have a Kindred, it better have a name… and a damn cool one at that. First things first it was felt that the name had to be ‘tied to’ that of a particular god, one to whom we would be sure to worship, to gift well and in turn be fostered in that god’s mythic tutelage.
In the weeks leading up to the first public event, the first Yule, it was settled that the god under which we as a Kindred felt most akin to, and thus fostered by, was Wuodan (Odin). All that was left was to search through the never ending list of kennings ascribed to the Furious One and make our selection. Some of the possible choices were Alföðr Kindred, Biflindi Kindred, Farmatýr Kindred, Fimbultýr Kindred, Jölnir Kindred and eventually settling upon Rúnatýr Kindred.
In hindsight, Rúnatýr was the only choice we could agree upon and it had an added appeal of mystery and secretiveness. As, in those days, we were a bit more rune (futhark)-obsessed than we are today… but eventually we came to better understand the meaning of the Old Icelandic word rúnar, that is ‘secret, hidden lore, wisdom’. This term being related to the Old High German runa: ‘a secret conversation, whisper’. With this revelation, we had come to understand, over the past six years, that the distinctive character of the Rúnafolk is the rúnar, the mysterium cultī and that the mythic progenitor of our folk is the Whisper-God, our hierophanic liege. Through our cultivation of a wholesome relationship with Wuodan, we have come to know a great many things concerning the sacred and the profane we otherwise would not have. For this we are most thankful.