Runes are sort of a combination between phonetic alphabet and hieroglyphs. They remind me of Phoenician writings; the source of our modern English alphabet.
Runes were not only used as a means of recording
events and communication, but also as a way of foretelling
the future and a means of seeking out advise. The
runes are used by many not unlike the use of tarot
cards. A question is brought up, and then a rune is
drawn from a pile, the meaning of the rune is supposed to
be used to form an answer to the question that was put