Viking Rune Jewelry
The first writing systems developed by Germanic tribes were known as runic alphabets. Norse people believed that Odin himself discovered the runes as he hung himself on Yggdrasil, the world tree, for nine days. During this difficult period, Odin fasted and as he was staring into the Well of Urd, he perceived the runes. Apart for their use to pass meaning, runes are believed to have magical properties. They were used for making magical charms for healing and protection.