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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 Lewis Chessmen

Some of the games which you play with have been around for hundreds or even thousands of years.

This tour shows the different forms board games have taken around the world and across time. Click the arrows below to play your way through the past.

Print and do activities

Toys and Games board game (69 kb)

Design your own court cards (40 kb)

Ludo (54 kb)

Mancala (145 kb)