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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

 
The three 'Weird Sisters' from Shakespeare's 'Macbeth', act 1, seen in profile to left with their left arms outstretched and pointing, their right to their lips, looking expectant, each wearing a hood; with bat-like creature with skull face flying at left.  10 March 1785
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1870,0514.1615

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The three 'Weird Sisters' from Shakespeare's 'Macbeth', act 1, seen in profile to left with their left arms outstretched and pointing, their right to their lips, looking expectant, each wearing a hood; with bat-like creature with skull face flying at left. 10 March 1785 Mezzotint

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