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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


William Harcourt Hooper (Biographical details)

William Harcourt Hooper (printmaker; British; Male; 1834 - 1912)

Also known as

Hooper, William Harcourt


Wood-engraver. Began working for Joseph Swain (q.v.); later for Kelmscott and Ashendene Presses. Taught wood-engraving to Ricketts. Author of 'A Manual of marks on pottery and porcelain' (1894).
See 1912-12-27-7 to 440 for Hooper's personal archive of proofs, presented by Campbell Dodgson. This establishes Hooper's authorship of many blocks signed Swain.


R.K.Engen, 'Dictionary of Victorian Wood Engravers,' 1985