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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Atland and the Futhorc

It has only been in recent years that academics and others have begun to accept that the British Isles were once part of what appears to have been a great landmass, bordering on the rest of Europe which one can call Thule, Atlantis or Atland depending upon your perspective. I have discussed this in part on this blog before: and 

Wulf Ingessunu has also explored this subject on his blog in a number of his articles, most notably in

What is not generally known is that this argument that we are championing now has been around for a very long time, much longer than I had hitherto realised. It is only in the last few days that I encountered an interesting essay in the original German by Friedrich Bernhard Marby, published in Marby-Runen-Bücherei, reprinted by Bibioteca Esoterica Herrou Aragon, a specialist publisher or reprinter of obscure European esoteric literature including early 20th century German Armanen and Ariosophical works. The essay titled Die heiligen Schrift-Reihen der Menscheit, (The holy Writing Rows of Humanity) originally published in 1932 and first conceived as long ago as 1924 discusses the various Rune rows, both historical and the Armanen. In his essay he makes some remarkable and interesting observations about the 33 Rune Northumbrian (Anglo-Saxon Rune row or Futhorc) which her terms more accurately as Die friesisch-angelsaechsische Runen-Reihe (the Frisian-Anglo-Saxon Rune row).

Marby states:

"The 33 Rune Futhark has been left to us out of an area, that was the motherland of the culture of the entire world, out of the old Atlantis, the central seat of the Teutons of around 12000 years ago. Atlantis is today partly covered by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea, however the area has partly emerged again out of the sea.
"Underwater there lies the part of Atlantis, where the waters roll between Great Britain and North America, underwater lies in the North Sea the area of Doggerbank, now more and more it rises. Holland and Frisia and Lower Saxony, England and Ireland and Denmark have already snatched themselves away from the waters and are again settled by the descendants of the men and women, who once lived on Atlantis and who once in the eternal Spring passed through the lands round about and bore the blood and the God and the wisdom of the Teutons over the earth to distant strands.
"After the great flood the Germanic tribes from the border areas then returned again from the south and southeast, from the north and northeast and settled with the remnants of the Teutons, who had escaped the great flood, the re-emerged areas.
"The Doggerbank was at that time a high holy shrine that remained spared by the floods: Helgoland. Also a land bridge had survived: today's Schleswig-Holstein. Southern Sweden was under water. The countries, that lay there, where now the Baltic Sea is, is with the holy city Vineta until today still submerged. From today's Sweden looms only Uppland with some old seats of the Gods, among other things Upp-Sala and Sigtuna still out of the waters.
"In today's northern Germany lies the land south of the Baltic high ridge under water, so also parts of today's West Prussia and East Prussia, likewise were parts, which today we call Lower Saxony, which were covered by the waters.
"Everywhere however loom the mountains, the mountain ranges and their surrounding areas out of the water. And the land rises continually more (and continues to rise today) out of the waters of the North Sea.
"Then the Teutons moved their peoples back to the homeland, so far now it had arose again. From Finland and Russia, from northern Italy and Spain, from eastern Europe and France a return movement began.
"All of these events played themselves out not however in the course of a few years, but naturally embraced greater periods of time." (My translation)

Marby's account may be based on information contained in the Oera Linda Book which likewise attributes world civilisation to the Germanic peoples, most especially the Frisians.  In its accounts it talks of a great flood which Alewyn J Raubenheimer in his book attributes to a great tsunami which took place in 2193 BCE. (Survivors of the Great Tsunami, 2010). I don't recommend this book to my readers as it is written from a distorted monotheistic viewpoint with frequent references to the xtian bible. A far better but sadly out of print work which discusses the Oera Linda Book is The Other Atlantis by Robert Scrutton, published first in 1977 and again in 1979. This book should be read in conjunction with his very interesting sequel Secrets of Lost Atland, published first in 1978 and again in 1979.

"Unfortunately, the Oera Linda Book does not record what happened in Westland, the old name for Britain, isle of the exiles, when the holocaust that sank Atland struck. If such a cataclysm occurred, Britain's very foundations would have been rent asunder, leaving the dismembered remnants, the Orkneys, Shetlands and the Outer Hebrides. In the west, much land would have been submerged, perhaps forming the present North Channel, making Ireland a separate island. Irish, Celtic and Icelandic legends all tell of this age of fire and flood which ravaged the northern hemisphere, killing all except those who were lucky enough to escape in ships." (The Other Atlantis)

After the deluge which inundated Atland the survivors returned from the lands which they had fled to for safety. Quoting from  the writings of Rev R.W. Morgan he states:

"For a long time after the subsiding of the deluge the Kymri dwelt in the Summer Land, between the sea of Afez and Deffrobani [the peninsula known as the Crimea was once called the Kimria, land of the Kymry]. The land being exposed to sea floods, they resolved, under the guidance of Hu Gadarn, to seek again the White Island of the West, where their father Dwy Van had built the ship of Nevydd Nay Neivion."
I would like to point out that the veracity of Hu Gadarn as a British culture hero is disputed by academics and is generally considered to be a fabrication of the neo-druidic movement in the 19th century. He certainly seems to be of interest to Robert Graves (The White Goddess, 1948, enlarged in 1952). Graves refers to him as "the ancestor of the Cymry" (p. 35). Graves also states that "who according to the Triads led the Cymry from the East" (p. 83).  He also refers to this entity as clearly being a culture hero: " 'Hu the Mighty', who has been identified with the ancient Channel Island god Hou, was the Menes, or Palamedes, of the Cymri and taught them ploughing-'in the region where Constantinople now stands'-music and song (p.84)." Elsewhere Graves states that Hu Gadarn "led the Cymry into Britain from Taprobane (Ceylon)" (p.141). He further states that "The Welsh god Hu Gadarn and the Guernsey god Hou, or Har Hou, are likely to be the same deity: that Hou was an Oak-god is suggested by the same formula having been used in his mediaeval rites as in those of the Basque Oak-god Janicot, who is Janus" (p.328-329). It is tempting to see in the name of Har Hou a parallel with  one of Odin's heiti, Har. Hu Gadarn has been identified by some as another name or identity of the pan-European Horned God Cernunnos which as know is also an aspect of Woden. At this point I would refer my readers to my articles and

Interestingly Anne Ross in her remarkable work Pagan Celtic Britain (1967) draws a link between Cernunnos and the Belgae who were a Germanic or mixed Germano-Celtic tribal confederation who introduced the cult of Woden into Britain from the continent under the name Gwydion:

"...the cult of a horned or antler-bearing deity closely similar to, if not identical with, the Gaulish Cernunnos will be discussed. This god may have been a direct importation from Gaul, for traces of his cult may in Britain are largely confined to areas of Belgic settlement." (p. 179)
"Traces of his cult are found in the British Isles, largely, it is true, from areas of Belgic settlement, but the slight, but interesting traces of such a god-type from North Britain (York, Traprain, Cramond, Meigle), and from Ireland, permit one to speculate whether the Gaulish cult in the south may not have been superimposed upon an already-established and closely similar cult, deriving no doubt ultimately from the same source." (p. 212) 

Indeed as I have demonstrated many times on this and my Celto-Germanic Culture, Myth and History blog, the presence of the Germanic peoples in present day England and other parts of Britain and the British Isles dates back thousands of years further than academics have hitherto accepted. The genetic evidence establishes that there was a constant migration of people from northern Europe to Britain and the English language itself is far more archaic than previously understood and there is an argument for it standing alone as a separate Germanic sub group. The Ancient Presence of the Germanic Peoples in England

".....but starts to look as if it could include some of the period of the Later Neolithic and Bronze Age, when, as we have seen, there do appear to be genetic and cultural influences coming into Eastern England from southern Scandinavia and North-West Europe." (The Origins of the British)
Thus we have a cult of Woden and a Germanic presence and thus a Germanic language already here in England hundreds if not thousands of years prior to the Anglo-Saxon invasion of the mid 5th century CE. It is commonly believed that the Anglo-Saxon, Frisian and Northumbrian Futhorcs developed from the Common Germanic Elder Futhark due to linguistic reasons. I consider that it is time that this theory should be examined again. By the same reasoning it is said that the various Scandinavian variants of the Younger Futhark developed due to linguistic reasons but this does not make an iota of sense. The shortening of the Futhark from 24 to 16 Runes does not facilitate the use of the Runes for purposes of writing; on the contrary it makes it much more difficult as some of these Runes has to accommodate more than one sound:

fe f
ur u/o/v
thurs th/dh
ass a
reidh r
kaun klg/ng
hagall h
naudh n
iss i/e/j
ar a
sol s
tyr t/d/nd
bjarkan b/p/mb
madhr m
logr l
yr -

It is clear to me that the shortening of the Futhark was purely for magical reasons. Establishment academics will not accept this argument as they are often in denial about the magical application of the Runes despite the physical evidence and the evidence from various Icelandic sagas which demonstrates that this is a lie. Indeed Edred Thorsson has this to say on the matter:

"This system shows the overridingly magical nature of the runes in that, from a purely linguistic standpoint, it made the system more obscure, While the language that the writing system was designed to represent was becoming more complex, the system of characters was simplified. The total of runes was reduced from twenty-four to sixteen characters. Beyond this the signs themselves were simplified. This usually involved the reduction of two-staved runes to a single stave.
"It cannot be overemphasized that this reformation of the runic system really reflects a reformation in the ancient rune-gild order. The system became 'leaner and meaner' in the Viking Age, but it authentically retained the lore and mysteries of the elder futhark in more condensed form." (Northern Magic. Rune Mysteries and Shamanism, 1992, 2015) 

If the Younger Futhark's shortening from 24 to 16 staves may be attributed to a magical reason then is there a case for assuming a similar magico-spiritual basis for the lengthening of the 24 stave Elder Futhark to 33 staves? Indeed is it possible that the 33 Futhorc may in fact be older than the Elder Futhark? Marby was certainly of the opinion that the 33 stave Futhorc is an inheritance of Atlantis, or what we may term Atland and that this continent was the mother of all cultures. Did the 24 stave Futhark develop from the 33 stave Futhorc as the 16 stave Futhark developed from the 24 stave one?
Are the last 4 staves of the Futhorc, what we call Graal or Grail Runes a specific indicator of its Atlantean or Atlandic origins, in the same way that the 4 treasures or Hallows of the Tuatha De Danann have their origin in 4 major cities of the mythical Tir nan 'Og which may be a memory of lost Atland? If so then the antiquity of the Futhorc is far older than conventional academics will give it credit for. It is also interesting that the Oera Linda Book has a distinctive alphabet which closely resembles the Runes and contains 33 characters, no doubt a corruption of the original Futhorc and adapted for writing on parchment or paper.

One interesting work which discusses these issues in part is Tony Steele's The Rites and Rituals of Traditional Witchcraft (2001). Mr Steele comes to the conclusion (far earlier than many others) that Old English, which is closely related to Old Frisian is far more archaic than many scholars up until now have been willing to admit.  Stephen Oppenheimer in his Origins of the British: The New Pre-History of Britain: A Genetic Detective Story (2007) analyses the structure and lexicon of Old English and comes to the conclusion that it is not merely an offshoot of the West Germanic or Ingaevonic language group. Its genesis is more complicated than that. It does indeed share a close similarity in structure with Old Frisian but its lexicon is greatly affected by North Germanic-Old Norse. Now my readers must not jump to the conclusion that this is the result of the Viking invasions as these took place centuries after the advent of the Anglo-Saxons. So any Scandinavian influence on Old English would have had to have taken place before the Saxon invasions but this does not make sense as before these invasions there was no English presence in Britain-or so it would seem. Thus Oppenheimer theorises that there was indeed a Germanic language and thus a Germanic presence already here in England by the time of the Anglo-Saxon invasions.

So there certainly appears to be strong genetic, linguistic and runic links between the Frisian and English peoples. The English were clearly an important part of this Fryan Germanic confederation which had its centre and focal point in old Atland. What needs to be explored as a matter of urgency are the lands submerged beneath Doggerbank. Germanic and Celtic folklore is replete with tales of lost and submerged cities around the British Isles and this must have some basis in fact. One example of this is the mythical Hy-Brasil. We know from the Irish mythological writings that the Tuatha De Danann who equate to the Nordic Aesir travelled to Ireland from the 4 cities of Falias, Gorias, Finias and Murias.

"The Elysium of the Celtic gods was to be found on an island far to the west, beyond the setting sun, which was immortalized through many names, although Tir nan'Og or the 'Land of Youth' seems to have been its original name; while Emain Abhlach or the 'Isle of Apples' was another of its appellations, connecting it with Avalon in the Arthurian legends of later centuries. Like the lost continent of Atlantis, it seems to have sunk beneath the ocean,* as it later came to be called Tir fo Thonn, the 'Land Beneath the Waves', and was ruled over by the ancient Celtic sea-god, Manann mac Lir, long after the other gods of the Tuatha De Danann had forsaken it in favour of Ireland. (The Lebor Feasa Runda. A Druidic Grammar of Celtic Lore and Magic, Steven L. Akins, 2008) 

I don't believe that Tir nan' Og was too far west of Ireland as the whole of the British Isles along with southern Scandinavia, northern Germany and Frisia are surviving remnants of lost Atland. It is significant that the megalithic culture is particularly well represented in these areas.

The island of Heligoland (holy land) is especially sacred to the Frisian God Fosite who may or may not be cognate with the Nordic God Forseti; we must be cautious before we make any bold assumptions on this subject:

Wishing to assemble written lawcodes for all his subject peoples, Charlemagne summoned twelve representatives of the Frisian people, the Āsegas ('law-speakers'), and demanded they recite their people's laws. When they could not do so after several days, he let them choose between death, slavery, or being set adrift in a rudderless boat. They chose the last and prayed for help, whereupon a thirteenth man appeared, with a golden axe on his shoulder. He steered the boat to land with the axe, then threw it ashore; a spring appeared where it landed. He taught them laws and then disappeared.The stranger and the spring are identified with Fosite and the sacred spring of Fositesland. (Lex Frisionum)

There is a special holiness attached to the islands and lands of northern Europe which can be sensed by all those of Germanic blood. Indeed this perception is in the blood itself.

*My emphasis.


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