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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


Scylla (Biographical details)

Scylla (mythological figure/creature; Roman; Greek; Female)

Also known as

Scylla; Skylla


Sea-monster occupying one of two rocks between Italy and Sicily (the other occupied by Charybdis, q.v.); her origins and details of her appearance vary according to different traditions but she is usually shown with the upper part of her body as that of a woman and the lower that of a fish or serpent surrounded by dogs. One tradition says that she was originally a maiden with whom Glaucus fell in love, thus arousing the jealousy of Circe (q.v.) who transformed her into the sea-monster. She is sometimes confounded with Scylla, daughter of Nisus of Megara (q.v.)


Smith, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology