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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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  • Figure of Ga?esa. Tipycally corpulent and holding a bowl of sweets, the god is shown standing on a lotus pedestal at the base of which crouches his rat 'vahana'. His anklets are of snakes, as is the sacred thread wound accross his chest. The arch within which he stands is of a standard Indian decorative type with a lion mask ('kirttimukha') at the top, and aquatic monsters ('makaras') at each end. Made of stone (schist).

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  • Figure (Ganesa). Made of stone (schist).

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  • Figure (Ganesa). Made of stone (schist).

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