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A talisman or rune charm, as described by Paul Rhys Mountfort in his book Nordic Runes, is "a single rune inscribed on some object, such as an amulet..."1 for use as a magical token reflecting the properties of the particular rune inscribed. These Dagaz talismans are made of apple wood and have the Dagaz design burned into the surface. They were commissioned to be used as gifts and came with a concise but detailed description of the meaning of Dagaz and its archetypal energy.2 They have been listed under "Viking Creations" because they were not made using ocher or blood to highlight the rune, as literature has stated was originally done.3
1. Mountfort, Paul Rhys. Nordic Runes: Understanding, Casting, and Interpreting the Ancient Viking Oracle. ( Rochester, Vermont: Destiny Books, 2003), 146.
2. Ibid. Mountfort discusses, through medieval Scandinavian examples, the ritual and use of talismans. He explains that "essentially, the use of rune charms taught by Sigdrifa (Valkyrie in the Sigdrifomal) invloves inscribing the relevant stave upon an associated object to achieve its effect.", 52
3. Ibid., 50.