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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 breaking wave, fan design (?) Watercolour

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    • 1884-1937
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    • Height: 356 millimetres
    • Width: 532 millimetres
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        Signed: "George Sheringham." and inscribed: "Print No. 13" and 'Stencil Print. "The Wave"/Printed with 9 plates. designed & cut by George Sheringham'
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    British Imp PVIIIa

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A breaking wave, fan design (?) Watercolour


A breaking wave, fan design (?) Watercolour

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