Language, Magic and Power

David Ellis ('08), Brown University

Footnote 5 of the author's essay.

Although Finnish is not an Indo-European language, this word -- meaning "poem" -- may be somehow related to the word "rune," perhaps as a loan-word. If so, this might reveal the naturalness of the fundamental connection between poetic and magical language, between runes and poems.

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