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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


Viking craftwork

Classroom resource
Age 7–11

Learn about the Vikings by looking at their incredible craftwork, from brooches and combs to coins and hoards of treasure.

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Image: brooch in the Urnes style. Viking, 11th century AD. Found near the village of Kiaby, Skåne, Sweden.