SOMEbody keeps hitting my website, asking this question:

What do the rune messages mean in the Magic Thief series?

GOOD question.  There are two ways to answer it!  One is to go to the Magic Thief page on Wikipedia, where some clever person has posted all the translations, from the magical runes of Wellmet to regular writing.

The other way is to use this page from the back of the book and translate the runes yourself:

Runes in book


Can you guess why the rune G is circled?


Happy reading!

Posted in Uncategorized on 10/09/2013 02:46 pm


  1. avatar Theo Prineas

    I KNOW!!!! I KNOW!!!!!!!!! I shouldn’t say though.

  2. Arf, I don’t know why the g is circled. Are my neurons well connected? Maybe not. G for goat? I have seen several posts about goats on Facebook! I didn’t have time (and don’t again at this time a lot of time) to post my questions about the Magic Thief and have seen yesterday that the comments of this article are closed on your blog, is it always possible to send you questions about it?

    (Is it a problem for you to have post on internet the translations for runic messages?)

    • Hello! Thanks for commenting. It’s true that I have a Thing about goats, but the circled G is not for Goat, no.

      Thanks for noting that the comments on the FAQ blog are closed. I’ll post an update–anybody with questions to be added can email me

      And I don’t think posting the translations should be a problem. I mean, it was easy for me to do!

  3. It may of been a coincidence, but the rune reminds me of the ‘G’ used by Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

  4. I have translated ever message in all three books and honestly have no idea why the g is circled. :-/

    • So I am a huge HUGE fan of JRR Tolkien, the author of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

      In The Hobbit, when Gandalf scratches a mark on Bilbo’s door with the end of his staff (so the Dwarves will know which house they’re meeting at) it’s THAT G–the Gandalf G, the G in the Cirth runes that Tolkien sort-of invented.

  5. OH MY HECK HOW COULD I NOT HAVE REALIZED!! I a, a HUGE fan of the Lord of the Rings as well! Now I am disappointed in myself. I enjoyed both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and finished them in record time.

  6. Hello,
    I just wanted to say I love your Magic Thief series. I actually found them in a library branch I rarely ever visit. I was helping a friend’s daughter find a book and all three kind of just jumped out at me.
    I took ’em and ran, and half way through book 2 I could read the rune messages without flipping back and forth. lol. They were amazing and I cant wait for the next one. (I was a little worried you were done and went searching for word of a fourth book)

    • Hey, that’s great to hear! Thanks so much for letting me know the books worked so well for you. I still don’t have a publication date for MT: Home, but I’m guessing early fall of 2014, maybe even August? We’ll see. The cover is done and I’ll put that out when I’m allowed to do so, and there’s an e-story coming sometime in the spring. Oh, and there are lots of rune messages in book four. 😀

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