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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


St Luke (Biographical details)

St Luke (saint/martyr; Male; fl.c. 1stC)

Also known as

St Luke; St Luke the Evangelist; Evangelist; Apostle; Luke


Christian saint and Evangelist, and author of a gospel and 'Acts'; also physician; accompanied St Paul (q.v.) on his missions to Greece and Rome. Patron saint of painters. Symbol: the ox.