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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


Sir Henry Ellis (Biographical details)

Sir Henry Ellis (curator; British; Male; 1777 - 1869)

Also known as

Ellis, Henry


KH; FSA; joined the British Museum in 1800, then again in 1805; became Keeper of Printed Books 1806; Keeper of the Dept of Manuscripts 1812; Principal Librarian 1827. Retired 1856.