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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


Maj Edward Moor FRS (Biographical details)

Maj Edward Moor FRS (military/naval; British; Male; 1771 - 1848)

Also known as

Moor, Edward


Author of the Hindu Pantheon (1810), the first book in a European language dealing with Hindu iconography. Moor's researches and many of the illustrations in his book were based upon the large collection of small devotional bronzes and Rajput paintings of deities that came to the BM from Mrs A G Moor in 1940. Moor was a member of the Asiatic Society of Calcutta and of the Literary Society of Bombay. He retired to a house called The Rosary at Great Bealings near Woodbridge in Suffolk where there are (2004) fragments of Indian sculpture embedded in a decorative pyramid in the garden and manuscript albums belonging to Moor in the library.

Letters in the British Library (Add. 56230 f. 71; Add. 63091 ff. 141-193v) and the Archives of the Société Eduenne at the Musée Rolin, Autun (with letters to Vivant Denon, 1747-1825).


1. The Hindu Pantheon. J. Johnson, St Paul's Churchyard, London, 1810.
2. Suffolk Words and Phrases, 1823.
3. Oriental Fragments. Smith, Elder and Co, Cornhill, London, 1834.