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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 Trojan War

North wall of Troy as it looks today

Ruins of Troy

Ruins of Troy

The ancient Greek story of the war between Greece and Troy is an epic of love, revenge, sorrow and bloodshed. Many people thought that it was just a myth and that the city of Troy itself never existed. But in 1870 a German archaeologist called Schliemann discovered the remains of a city (see picture) that may well have been Troy. If the city was real, some parts of the story may also have been real. But no labels or signs giving the name of the city were found, so we cannot be sure.

Click the arrow below to read the story of the Trojan War.

Print and do activity

Trojan War People Quiz (102 Kb)