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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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  • Detail of Device on shield. Original ekta contains clip of Shield Boss.

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  • Copper alloy shield-mount in form of bird's leg and hip, used in reconstruction of shield 1939,1010.94. Part of same bird motif as C.1. Hip is pear-shaped and has central cloisonné panel with garnets surrounding human face. This panel is surrounded by tri

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