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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.

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    A dance in a barn; a group of peasants cavort together as a bagpiper and fiddler play or sit around talking and smoking pipes; a dog gnaws on a bone and two children inspect a jug; the barn has thatching, a large wooden beam and loft; after Adriaen van Ostade Engraving and etching

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    • 1670 (circa)
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    • Height: 256 millimetres
    • Width: 352 millimetres
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        Lettered below left "Joan de Visscher fecit" and centre "Ad. van Ostade pinxit". With two columns of text, each two lines "Hier is al weer ... messen wanken".
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    • Hollstein 21.III bibliographic details
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    D+F XVIIc Mounted Roy

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