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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

 

The Discus Thrower

The dynamic art of discus throwing inspired a number of ancient Greek sculptors. The method of throwing was then very different. Athletes seem to have used only a three-quarter turn, unlike the two and a half spins of modern throwers.

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The Discus Thrower

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