Veriaqa, I already got your point. Unfortunately you didn’t get mine. No problem, let me try again. As for the LotR comparison, I wasn’t comparing specific true rune properties or causes. I was speculating about the authors’ intention regarding true runes. I’m thinking that true runes symbolize power, and the authors are trying to tell us that power inevitably causes tragedy, not only abusing, even using it for the sake of actually trying to prevent tragedy.
The term “curse” is a matter of perspective. Every true rune that harms the host is considered cursed (even though only one is actually called “cursed”), and these are only a handful. What I’m arguing is that all true runes are “cursed” in a way, because everyone who becomes host is either immediately thrown into a story of tragedy, or gets the responsibility to prevent the rune from causing it. True Runes appear where they are needed. And when they’re needed, the situation is f#cked up. If you become host of the Soul Eater you know that some of your loved ones might die (not killed by the rune, but rather by your dragon broomstick). If you become host of the True Water Rune don’t forget that you’ll soon enough find yourself in a situation where you need to use it, probably a war that could kill your loved ones anyway. The Punishment Rune gradually drains the bearer’s life force, which is very merciful compared to the Blue Moon Rune which turns you into a mad vampire right away. Speaking of Blue Moon Rune, in the last hundreds of years it killed more loved ones than the so-called Cursed Rune. It has the potential to create a worldwide zombie apocalypse, while the Sun Rune (which you consider stronger), as its worst case scenario, would only turn Falena into ashes. Anyway, all True Runes are both a blessing and a curse; causing wars, ending wars, helpful in times of war, useless or absent in times of peace.
Of course some runes are more special and powerful than others, it just depends on what you’re planning to do. For example, if you want to make your queendom a warm and fertile land, some runes are more useful, while runes like the Soul Eater are useless pieces of crap. If you want a rune to conquer the world, then the Sun Rune is almost useless. If Tir and Joshua would exchange their runes I guess they would both lose power.
"Within the four seas, all men are brothers" Shuihu Zhuan