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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

 
A comely young woman (l.) rides a horse bareback and astride, her legs wide apart, across open country; a signpost points 'To Stretch it'. She asks a sailor (r.), who gazes at her admiringly, "Pray Sir - is this the way to Stretch it." He answers: "Shiver my top-sails my Lass If I know a better way." He wears short blue jacket, striped trousers, round hat, knotted scarf, and buckled shoes. ? 1803
Hand-coloured etching

Museum number

1935,0522.10.78

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A comely young woman (l.) rides a horse bareback and astride, her legs wide apart, across open country; a signpost points 'To Stretch it'. She asks a sailor (r.), who gazes at her admiringly, "Pray Sir - is this the way to Stretch it." He answers: "Shiver my top-sails my Lass If I know a better way." He wears short blue jacket, striped trousers, round hat, knotted scarf, and buckled shoes. ? 1803 Hand-coloured etching

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