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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



Classroom resource
Age 7–11, 12–16

Music, fire, food, dancing, costumes: this guide looks at the significance of celebrations and festivals around the world and encourages students to imagine the sights, sounds and smells.

Download PDF version, 275kb 

red horseman of the apocalypse statue

Image: the Atomic Apocalypse, by the Linares family. Mexico City, AD 1983.