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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


Young Friends
Christmas card competition


Congratulations to our two winners!

By: Olivia Sample, age 8
Title: The Lewis Chessmen’s annual
Christmas party
Caption: 'Although I enjoy the Lewis Chessmen’s grumpy features I thought I would design a picture showing them enjoying themselves for a change at a Christmas party – but the queen seems to have a toothache so she can’t enjoy the lovely feast!'

By: Iris Brown, age 9
Title: Ramesses II Enjoying Christmas
Caption: I imagined Ramesses having a Christmas party and dressing up as Rudolf.'

  • The Lewis Chessmen’s annual Christmas party by Olivia Sample
  • Ramesses II Enjoying Christmas by Iris Brown