Ah, the runes, and how humans will never truly understand them.
They are not “alive”, per se; they are not sentient, per se; they are not conscious beings on their own… and yet they are alive, in a sense. They have a magic and a purpose as old as Yggdrasill herself.
The runes in which I speak of course, humans know as the Elder Fuþark. Now, mind you, humans think many things of these runes, and often get confused which came first- what the original set was… and even more-so, their understanding of how to use them is mistaken. Understandable, of course. When Óðinn shared them with humans with no intent aside from curiosity as to what would be done with our writing, of course, he wasn’t able to tell how to use them. A base knowledge was all that was given. Of course, they are misunderstood.
Let me say this now: the ᛇᛊᛁᚱᚱᚢᚾ are adaptive, flowing, much like water. Their meanings mostly fixed, yet changing as needed depending on the symbol. This is how myself and my kin know them to be. How we use them. Humans on the other hand, linguists specifically, like to think they are phonetic, static, never changing… dull.
Funny then, that the early peoples of the Norse-lands of Miðgarðr had no set way to write words. Funny that when writing came to be, when inventing and changing runes came to be, written language using runes was so…interpretive. Fancy that.
There is a magic, and a knowledge to understanding the runes in their purest, most true forms. I implore you all, if you feel the desire to heed my advice, learn how to feel the runes. They are not as un-moving as human minds.
I’ll leave this here, for those who seek to understand the knowledge held within these simple yet vastly deep symbols.