The Elder Futhark runes were the oldest form of runic alphabets used by Germanic tribes in the early part of the first millennium. The runes were developed by the Goths in the 2nd century AD and were later adopted by other Germanic tribes, such as the Vikings. The Elder Futhark runes were eventually replaced by the Younger Futhark runes, which had fewer characters and were easier to use. Elder Futhark runes were often used in divination to gain insight into the future or to gain clarity on a particular situation. The use of these ancient runes in divination is still practiced by some individuals today. In modern occultism, runes are sometimes used as sigils and incorporated into magical spellwork.