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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site

 

Neal Ascherson: Europe

Europe is a monster (monstro simile, as they said of the Holy Roman Empire) and a mutant – a creature in its substance unlike the kingdoms and empires and states which preceded it.

It’s a sponge, indeterminate in outline, soft in texture, absorbing incomers and diffusing wealth and culture. Neal Ascherson, author, journalist and expert on Central and Eastern Europe, asks how it can survive.

This event took place on 2 March 2012.

For more information about the London Review of Books winter lecture series visit lrb.co.uk/winterlectures 

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