The Elder Futhark, Elder Fuþark, Older Futhark, Old Futhark or Germanic Futhark is the oldest form of the runic alphabets. It was a writing system used by Germanic tribes for Northwest Germanic dialects in the Migration Period, the dates of which are debated among scholars. Runic inscriptions are found on artifacts, including jewelry, amulets, tools, weapons, and, famously, runestones, from the 2nd to the 8th centuries. Rune set consisting of 25 tumbled, Black Agate rune stones handcrafted with engraved, black painted lettering. Runes are typically used as an oracle or divination tool to obtain information from the higher self. Please see the casting sheet for more information on how to cast and read runes.