Updated: Dec 25, 2018
On my recent visit to the Rosslyn Chapel, I noticed that the Gar rune, however small, is carved twice in the wooden ornament decorating the chapel organ. Although there are no stone rune carvings in the building the presence of this rune is still interesting.
The Gar rune is part of an extension to the Anglo-Saxon rune set. The Anglo-Saxon runes were in use in England until about the year 1000 when romanisation took place and the ancient alphabet was replaced by more sterile latin based letters.
Runes, like hieroglyphs, were stories rather than just letters. Their meaning was always multilayered. Rune is a lore - it is a story but it also is a sound, the sound of a creation. Runes are also used as letters but their deeper meaning is a much more complicated issue.
The Gar rune is from the 33 rune Northumbrian set. The Northumbrian runes add four more runes to the Anglo-Saxon set making the total of 33 runes. Gar is the last rune. There is not much-written information available about the Gar rune but just the number 33 is a magical and sacred number and that already gives an indication about its meaning.