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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


Nishino Yoshiaki (西野嘉章) (Biographical details)

Nishino Yoshiaki (西野嘉章) (curator; Japanese; Male; 2011; active)

Also known as

Nishino, Yoshiaki


Director of the University of Tokyo Museum, and an expert on modernism and the avant-garde in Japan.