Elder Futhark is the most common and is a set of 25 including the blank rune 'Wyrd'. The Germanic Elder FUTHARK runes, are perhaps the most common rune symbols still used today. We don't know for sure when or by whom it is originated, but it might be among Germanic tribes in the beginning of our era. The Elder Futhark Runes were used for several different purposes besides divination. They were used as a means of communication between people for messages, accounting and of course for love letters, inscribed on staffs of wood or similar. You can even find examples of rune "graffiti" on statues from the Middle East, where some Viking once felt the itch to scribble his initials into the marble. Rune stones convey a message that stretches over a thousand years, telling us about people, names and destinies in countries far away. Your runes will be black glass gems not clear as pictured!