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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


Quang Tho (1929-2001)

Quang Tho, a graphite drawing

© 2002 Quang Tho

Map of Vietnam

Map of Vietnam

Height: 270.000 mm
Width: 390.000 mm

Asia OA 1999.10-4.06

This graphite drawing shows two women with boxes of bananas and bread rolls, one opening a notebook. They are shown underneath a tarpaulin tent with a woven bamboo screen to one side. Surrounding them are soldiers, some smoking, some eating the bread rolls and biscuits.

The sketch is inscribed 'women entered the battlefield and are selling cake. Quang Binh.'