The exact origins of the runes has been lost in the mists of time, but it is widely accepted that they have their roots in Scandinavia. Legend has it that ODIN (the supreme deity in the Norse hierarchy) hung himself upside down in the Yggdrasil (the World Tree) for 9 days, staring at the ground. During this time, the Rune stones, hidden amongst the roots where revealed to him with all their wisdom. Read more about the Runes. View the Runic alphabet.