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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


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  • Jade bi

    The Qianlong emperor (reigned 1736-95) was a great collector

  • Coin-sword

    Coin-swords were a form of talisman used in southern China t

  • Cloisonné mandala

    This miniature building represents a Buddhist mandala in t

  • Admonitions Scroll

    It illustrates a political parody written by Zhang Hua (abou

  • Coin sword

    The purpose of a coin sword is to drive away evil. This coin