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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

 
Portrait of French cryptographer and diplomat Blaise de Vigenère, half-length, turned to the left, with book in left hand; in oval border; proof before letter.  1595
Engraving

Museum number

1927,1008.87

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Portrait of French cryptographer and diplomat Blaise de Vigenère, half-length, turned to the left, with book in left hand; in oval border; proof before letter. 1595 Engraving

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