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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


Nakagawa Mamoru (中川衛) (Biographical details)

Nakagawa Mamoru (中川衛) (Japanese; Male; 1947)

Also known as

Nakagawa, Mamoru


Metal artist, born in Kanazawa city. Graduated from Kanazawa College of Arts with a degree in industrial art in 1971. From 1974 he studied the local 'Kaga inlay' (Kaga zogan) technique - developed in the Edo period - under Takahashi Kaishu (1909-2005). Designated by the Japanese government as a holder of an Important Intangible Cultural Property (Living National Treasure) for his 'metal chasing' (chokin) technique in 2004.