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Lenght 19-20 cm/7,5-7,9 inches
The word "Alu", that can often be found on elder (150-700) runic amulets probably means ale. It is also possible that the word means alum. Alum was used as medicine and to dye cloth. It was also used to purify gold. In Arabia and China it was considered even to be somehow magical element.
In Norway, a runic stone was found with the word "Alu". The stone was originally erected on the grave mound area. Thus, alu can also be considered to be related to the death rituals. Drinking vessels were often placed in the graves and the word alu may have been used to replace the missing vessel in some cases. The beer was also used in ritual toasting in funerals. According to another theory ale could have been related to somekind of ecstatic state where a person, after drinking beer, could have been able to communicate with gods and spirits. On balance, writing the word in itself might have been a magical act.
In any case, the word "Alu" is so often found on amulets, bracteates that it must have been a magical, good luck generating word.