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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

 
Sword (takouba); the blade of steel, straight and double-edged with one long and two short fullers, stamped with crescent moons at either side. The hilt comprises a broad iron cross stuffed with fabric and joined originally by two rivets, one of which is missing. The grip is tubular, or wood covered with fabric and tooled leather, now cracked and peeling. The pommel, of iron, resembles the Medieval, European brazil-nut form.

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OA.4694

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Sword (takouba); the blade of steel, straight and double-edged with one long and two short fullers, stamped with crescent moons at either side. The hilt comprises a broad iron cross stuffed with fabric and joined originally by two rivets, one of which is missing. The grip is tubular, or wood covered with fabric and tooled leather, now cracked and peeling. The pommel, of iron, resembles the Medieval, European brazil-nut form.

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  • Sword (takouba); the blade of steel, straight and double-edged with one long and two short fullers, stamped with crescent moons at either side. The hilt comprises a broad iron cross stuffed with fabric and joined originally by two rivets, one of which is missing. The grip is tubular, or wood covered with fabric and tooled leather, now cracked and peeling. The pommel, of iron, resembles the Medieval, European brazil-nut form.

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  • Sword (takouba); the blade of steel, straight and double-edged with one long and two short fullers, stamped with crescent moons at either side. The hilt comprises a broad iron cross stuffed with fabric and joined originally by two rivets, one of which is missing. The grip is tubular, or wood covered with fabric and tooled leather, now cracked and peeling. The pommel, of iron, resembles the Medieval, European brazil-nut form.

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  • Sword (takouba); the blade of steel, straight and double-edged with one long and two short fullers, stamped with crescent moons at either side. The hilt comprises a broad iron cross stuffed with fabric and joined originally by two rivets, one of which is missing. The grip is tubular, or wood covered with fabric and tooled leather, now cracked and peeling. The pommel, of iron, resembles the Medieval, European brazil-nut form.

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