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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


Exhibition resource
Vikings: life and legend
Visit guide for teachers

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Support a visit to the BP exhibition Vikings: life and legend with this guide for teachers.

This teacher exhibition guide includes ideas for before and after your visit as well as teaching suggestions for inside the exhibition, which use key objects as starting points to introduce wider concepts. With different sections for primary and secondary teachers.


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Sword, late 8th–early 9th century. Kalundborg or Holbæk, Zealand, Denmark. Photo: Arnold Mikkelsen. © The National Museum of Denmark