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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


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  • COMPASS Title: Sword from the ship-burial at Sutton Hoo;Sword;Sword

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  • Iron pattern-welded sword-blade, heavily oxidised and restored from fragments.  Pointed tip, and widening nearer grasp. Near the grasp, traces of the shank of the hilt can be seen, with two circular indentations marking the position of the sword-sheath bosses 1939,1010.26 & 27.  Traces of wooden scabbard on blade (1939,1010.95.C); For hilt fittings see 1939,1010.19-25.

    Full: Front

  • Iron pattern-welded sword blade, heavily oxidised; the blade is broad and tapers slightly towards the pointed tip. Near the hilt, two circular indentations mark the position of the two sheath bosses 1939,1010.26-27. Traces of the wooden sheath remain on t