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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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  • The Mission of Commodore Perry to Japan, 1854; handscroll

    Handscroll, painting. Pictorial record of US Commodore Matthew Perry's second visit to Japan in 1854. Ink, colour, gold and silver pigment on paper. Double paulownia wood storage box, with handwritten document detailing the contents of the...

    • Object type: handscroll
    • Producer: Onuma Chinzan (大沼沈山) (Calligrapher); Hibata Osuke(樋畑翁輔) (Painted by)
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Edo Period
    • Production date: 1854-1858
    • Production place: Japan