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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 country dance or kermis outside a village tavern; group of boors watch a couple dance together to the sound of a piper who stands above them; after Adriaen van Ostade Engraving and etching

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    • 1670 (circa)
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    • Height: 257 millimetres
    • Width: 357 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 "Nu is 't de reghte ... geen kermis is".
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    • Hollstein 20.III bibliographic details
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    D+F XVIIc Mounted Roy

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