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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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    Gold finger ring: the hoop enriched with plaited and cable wire bands, the shoulders chased with lotus-like flowers in high relief, and ornamented with pellets and applied wire scrolls. The bezel is a broad flat quatrefoil, with five cabochon crystals in plain raised settings; between them are applied trefoils, and round the edge is a plaited border.


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    • Width: 3.5 centimetres (at widest point)
    • Height: 3.1 centimetres (bezel)
    • Depth: 2.7 centimetres (bezel to back of hoop)
  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1912 2449 bibliographic details
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    • 2449

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